The Queens Borough Board votes "yes" to sell an NYPD garage to make room for affordable housing.
This garage on 168th Street between Jamaica and Archer Avenues will be turned into a 450,000 square foot mixed-use building with at least 350 affordable units.
The project also includes parking for police vehicles, retail and community space.
The New York City Economic Development Corporation's plan has been in the works since 2007. The local community board and city council members approved the plan Monday night at Borough Hall.
"This is kind of the template of how you build now in Downtown Jamaica. It will be a microcosm of the community and I think that's the recipe for success. We are not creating subsidized housing simply for a particular group of people but for the entire community," said City Council Member I. Daneek Miller.
Construction is expected to begin this Winter once the sale is finalized. It will take about three years to complete.