While breaking ground on affordable development in Far Rockaway, borough president remarks on ‘crazy discussions’ over Innovation QNS project


Queens Borough President Donovan Richards joined elected officials and developers in Far Rockaway on Oct. 28 to break ground on the $97 million Beach Channel Drive 100% affordable housing development that will include 157 deeply affordable apartments as well as 100 shelter units with supportive services for single women.

While Richards never mentioned her name during his remarks, Richards hinted a message directed at Councilwoman Julie Won and her continued opposition to the $2 billion Innovation QNS project in Astoria. The two clashed during an Oct. 19 City Council hearing on the proposed rezoning after Won said she would not support the project unless the developers commit to providing another 15% of affordable units, bringing the total share up to 55% of affordable units.