After winning the FAR ROC competition in October 2013 to rebuild the nearly 20 blocks between Beach 56th and Beach 32nd Street in Rockaway, White Arkitekter has been working with the Department of Housing, Preservation and Development (HPD),to take the next step in building out the waterfront community.
“We are reviewing a proposal from the Arverne East team to jump-start the project by developing two Edgemere urban renewal sites as a mixed-use, affordable rental project,” said a spokesperson with HPD.
Councilman Donovan Richards has been at the forefront of the rebuilding process of the 80-acre plot of desolate land in Arverne.“This project has the chance to turn an underutilized oasis in our community into both a travel destination and a local economic engine,” Richards said. “We have already held an international competition to solicit designs, worked with local groups such as Wildfire, and hosted forums for community feedback. Now is the time to make it a reality.”Richards announced last week that he would join State Senator James Sanders, as well as L+M Development and The Bluestone Group, for a community forum on the project at Challenge Preparatory Academy, located at 710 Hartman Lane in Far Rockaway, on May 21 at 6 p.m.Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder announced that he also sent a letter to the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) last week to encourage additional community outreach meetings on the Arverne East project in order to inform the community of the development process.“It is important that every resident be heard and we allow for a public forum for Rockaway residents, potentially impacted, to offer their input and voice their concerns,” said Goldfeder. “We must make sure the channels of communication are open and issues are addressed before shovels are in the ground.”