Morphosis Morphs Into Mitchell-Lama

Queens West as Morphosis once saw it

The proposed Olympic Village site in Long Island City–that Corbusian one designed by Morphosis–will become the location of a new Mitchell-Lama-type rental complex for the city’s middle class under an agreement announced today between the city and the Port Authority. A rare confluence of interests: For $146 million, the Port Authority gets rid of the part of Queens West which was probably the least attractive to market-rate developers anyway (furthest from Hunters Point), and the Mayor gets to add between 4,000 and 5,000 affordable units to his New Housing Marketplace total. That is not to say the Morphosis design will survive: the chosen developers may be able to build higher and more densely than Thomas Mayne ever was.

The 24 acres are expected to get bid out at the end of next year. The city is anticipating that it will offer developers $54,000 per unit in subsidies, and the apartments will rent between $1,200 and $2,500. Get in line!

Matthew Schuerman