One of the most important actions you can take in order to fight Innovation QNS is to make our elected representatives know that we are against it!
Who to contact and why:
|Who?||What they do||Contact|
|Queens Community Board 1||They represent Astoria and will vote whether or not to recommend Innovation QNS to the City Council on email@example.com|
|Julie Won||She is the city councilmember that represents the half of Astoria where Innovation QNS is targeted for firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Tiffany Cabán||She is the city councilmember that represents the other half of Astoria.||email@example.com|
|Donovan Richards||Borough President of Queens that works with the Mayor to review and comment on major land use firstname.lastname@example.org|
Dear [REPRESENTATIVE BEING CONTACTED],
My name is [YOUR NAME] and I am reaching out to you as a concerned resident.
I am urging you to speak out against and eventually vote NO to the Innovation QNS rezoning.
Larry Silverstein, BedRock Real Estate, and Kaufman Studios have not done proper outreach into the community that will be immediately affected and soon displaced. They have not talked to residents or small business owners about the development and their impending displacement, let alone offered them any compensation for the move. They have not renewed leases for small immigrant and working class businesses who have no voice.
I am concerned that the 75% high end “market rate” housing will be unaffordable to the average Astoria resident and will be targeted towards a wealthier class of people, who have the most choices with housing while our lower income neighbors get priced out. The paltry number of mandated “affordable” units is unacceptable and does not meet the needs of our community.
The numerous over-20-story buildings are completely out of character in Astoria’s mid to low-rise landscape and will block out the sun in the surrounding streets. We must not allow billionaires and hedge funds to dictate what housing in our neighborhood looks like, nor what the supposed needs of the community are. We need a majority of deeply affordable housing and active public spaces, not luxury developments, shopping corridors, and privately run “community facilities”.
If Innovation QNS is allowed to move forward, it will become a catalyst for other developers to rezone and build similar high-rise projects, displacing even more vulnerable residents and changing the distinctive character of our neighborhood.
Now is the time to stop this project in its tracks and show developers that Astoria is Not For Sale!
[YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS]