From Left to Right: Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert K. Steel, Community Board 2 Chair Joseph Conley, Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall, Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner Rafael E. Cestero. Photo Courtesy

Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer joined Mayor Michael Bloomberg in Hunters Point to unveil the development plans for Hunters Point South, the largest new affordable housing complex to be built in New York City since the 1970s.

A development team, consisting of Phipps Houses, Related Companies and Monadnock Construction, has been selected through a competitive process to build the residential portion of the first phase of the waterfront complex, which includes two mixed-use buildings comprising more than 900 housing units and roughly 20,000 square feet of new retail space.  At least 75 percent of the housing will be permanently targeted to low-, moderate- and middle-income families, up from the 60 percent initially required.

“From affordable housing, to retail space, a new school and even a waterfront park this state of the art development can serve as a model in urban planning and design,” said Council Member Van Bramer. “Hunters Point and greater Long Island City is an amazingly vibrant and diverse place to live, work and create.”

“At Hunter’s Point South, not only will we build the largest new affordable housing complex in more than three decades, we’ll do it on long-vacant waterfront property that has incredible views and sits adjacent to one of New York City’s fastest growing neighborhoods,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “Through our New Housing Marketplace Plan, we’re building 165,000 affordable units in neighborhoods in all five boroughs, but nowhere else will there be such a large infusion of new, affordable units. All told, the project will provide new homes for 5,000 New York City families – more than 900 in this first phase – while creating thousands of jobs.”

“Hunter’s Point Redevelopment continues the revitalization of Long Island City as an important and good place to live, work and raise a family,” said Assembly Member Catherine Nolan. “The Phipps Houses group in particular has a long and distinguished history of providing housing in western queens. I am also very happy that our long advocacy for a middle school and high school have been included in this announcement. My thanks in particularly to Community Board 2, City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer and Borough President Helen Marshall for all their work on this issue with Mayor Bloomberg and his team.”

The first phase, to be completed in 2014, also includes five acres of new waterfront parkland, a new 1,100-seat intermediate and high school, new retail space and parking. Council Member Van Bramer joined Mayor Bloomberg for the announcement, which took place adjacent to the development site at the Waterfront Crab House on Borden Avenue in Long Island City.