The Department of City Planning announced on Monday the beginning of the public review of a proposed 127-block rezoning of East Elmhurst. The area under consideration is bounded by Grand Central Parkway, 32nd Avenue and a border that intersects with 91st Street. It also includes 14 block fronts along Roosevelt Avenue in Corona. City Planning said the rezoning would protect the one-family and two-family residential homes, while updating commercial zoning and “inhibit commercial encroachment” on residential streets.
“It will allow moderate growth along the area’s main commercial strips, Astoria Boulevard and Roosevelt Avenue,” said City Planning Commissioner Amanda Burden in a statement. The new zoning would allow “moderate-density, mixed-use development” on those avenues.
The rezoning will follow the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP), which will take around seven months. It will include recommendations from Queens Community Boards 3 and 4, as well as the borough president’s office, followed by votes from City Planning Commission and the City Council.