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City seeks firm to build, Hudson Yards–style, over Queens rail yard

City seeks firm to build, Hudson Yards–style, over Queens rail yard. Pictured here: An aerial view of the rail yard. (Courtesy Google Earth)

New York City is searching for the right developer to build green space, housing, and retail over a Queens rail yard.

The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), in collaboration with the MTA, put out a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the project today. Developers would have the opportunity to transform a 58,000-square-foot property in Long Island City into mixed-income housing development that includes commercial space, community facilities, and public open space.

The city owns the air rights to the site, which sits close to public transit and MoMA PS1.

The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) currently uses the site, which is bounded by Jackson Avenue, 49th Avenue, and 21st Street, for storage. Like Manhattan’s Hudson Yards, the development would need to be built over the yard, DNAinfo reports.

Per the RFP, submissions are due April 21.

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