New York Construction Report staff writer
The Creedmoor Community Master Plan was released this week, a framework for redeveloping underutilized land at the 125-acre Creedmoor Psychiatric Center campus in Eastern Queens.
Work will transform approximately 58 acres of the State-owned Creedmoor campus from surface parking lots, overgrowth, and vacant buildings into a vibrant new community with homes, recreational spaces, greenery, and neighborhood retail.
A six-month collaborative planning process was led by Empire State Development and the Queens Borough President’s Office, facilitated with help from the Metropolitan Urban Design Workshop.
“Creedmoor represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity for New Yorkers to reimagine State land and plan for the emerging needs of tomorrow,” Governor Hochul said. “Working together in productive partnership with the community – and thanks to the leadership of Queens Borough President Donovan Richards – we can build more housing, create more jobs, and strengthen Eastern Queens for the next generation.”
“It’s taken decades to get to this moment. We’re making history every day in Queens, and this project is yet another example of our borough’s bright future.”
The master plan includes more than 2,800 units of new housing, with more than 55 percent designated as homeownership. This would represent the area’s single largest new investment in housing since the 1950s and its largest single expansion in homeownership opportunities in nearly 50 years.
It also introduces a mix of affordable rental options for seniors and families, and continues a nearly 80-year history of veteran housing in Eastern Queens by offering individuals who have served in the armed forces preferential access to a portion of the project’s units. In addition, the Plan designates approximately 14 acres for open space and sets aside locations for amenities such as a recreation center, daycare facility, school, and neighborhood retail.