This public building is currently being under-utilized by the Department of Education, and is being eyed by local developers who are hoping the city will give them the land to develop a privately-owned waterfront area. It is just a few blocks away from Queensbridge Houses, the largest public housing project in the country, which has already been impacted by the fastest-growing neighborhood development in America: gentrified Long Island City.
We believe the land should remain public, and are working with multiple local groups to bring back much-needed deeply, truly affordable manufacturing space, a new school, artists studios, a rooftop garden, a commissary commercial kitchen for street food vendors, a food co-op, music studios for the local community, a community tool lending library, and more.
Below is the in-depth building plan for the Department of Education building. Enjoy!