TDC Development and the Rockefeller Group have finally filed work permits on their $850 million Flushing Commons project eight years after announcing the Queens development.
The partnership is seeking approval to modify part of a 5.5-acre parking lot in the Flushing neighborhood. That move will clear the way for the project’s first phase, which includes 160 residential units and 350,000 square feet of commercial and/or retail space.
Flushing’s Community Board 7 has been less than enthusiastic about the project, claiming that the developers have been mysteriously reluctant to provide information. Members of the board claim TDC and the Rockefeller Group went practically mute after the City Council approved the plan three years ago.
“After the city gave them the go-ahead, we never heard from them,” Eugene Kelty, chairman of the community board, told Crain’s. “I think they should have had either a semi-annual or quarterly meeting [with us].”
An agreement between TDC, the Rockefeller Group and the Economic Development Corporation stipulated that the developers must break ground by Oct. 31.