Jobs and Investments Come with Astoria Cove
by Arthur Rosenfield
Oct 28, 2014 | 14416 views | 0 0 comments | 813 813 recommendations | email to a friend | print
I both recommend and enthusiastically support the Astoria Cove development proposal.

For 50 years, no one has made an investment in this isolated part of the peninsula, until now. 2030 Astoria Developers has proposed a development that will breathe positivity, prosperity, and life to a neighborhood in western Queens.

At this time, this area west of 21st Street has limited development. This is in contrast to the community development and prosperity in Astoria that has taken place east of 21st Street.

2030 Astoria Developers has come to the table with a great vision. This community will certainly enjoy the benefits the project will add, including the creation of new well-paying jobs and attraction of local investment.

It will also encourage development of public transportation for a neighborhood which is underserved. It will contribute unique infrastructure so that the Astoria area can truly flourish.

Together with other previously authorized development on the peninsula, the entire area will become a model of residential development that will lift the quality of life in that area of Astoria for everyone, including the residents of Astoria Houses simply by its proximity.

I see how the Astoria Cove vision finds its way into the lives of people across our community. This development partnership impresses me in that they have loyalty to the community and have demonstrated a desire to be a good corporate citizen and long-term partner and investor in our collective future.

They are bringing jobs, training, and so much more.

Jay Valgora is the architect for key developments across Long Island City and this project. I have known Jay and seen his work in the remarkable and unprecedented growth of Long Island City since 2008. He is incorporating the present community into this project in a way many others would not. That is positive and commendable.

This area of the peninsula truly needs modernization. With this development it will gain needed retail, transportation, and infrastructure improvements that benefit the whole community, plus attract visitors, day trippers, joggers and bikers to a waterfront that has been closed for more generations that I can recall.

It’s incredibly important that the youth in this area gain a new environment they can grow in. Astoria Cove will take on enhancements that will be the onset of positive, affirmative transformation.

The socioeconomic development of the community is also necessary to bring personal growth opportunities to our local youth. The new generation needs to see that they are part of an upward neighborhood in order to visualize their future.

Partnerships moving forward with responsible local organizations like Urban Upbound and the Queens Chamber of Commerce are growing to support resident entrepreneurship, youth programs, education and training.

We on the local community level support this project and support and want the jobs and economic improvement that will result leading up to and during the construction phase for community residents, and that will remain in place serving the community long into the future.

Arthur Rosenfield is president of Long Island City/Astoria Chamber of Commerce.

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