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LONG ISLAND CITY — Officials broke ground on Hunters Point South Monday, marking the first residential construction phase of the massive Queens development — and one of the city’s first waterfront projects to proceed post-Hurricane Sandy.
“The first homes of Hunters Point South will be among the first units built along our waterfront since Hurricane Sandy,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said at a groundbreaking ceremony Monday afternoon.
“Our administration has committed to not simply rebuilding the communities that Sandy hit the hardest, but to create a more resilient and sustainable city as well, and Hunters Point South will help us do both.”
The two buildings will rise at 1-50 50th Ave. and 1-55 Borden Ave. in Hunters Point, made up of 925 affordable housing units with several new design features to safeguard against potential future floods.
The mechanical equipment for both buildings will be stored on the second floor or higher, emergency generators will be kept on the roof and the exterior doors will be watertight, the mayor said.
“All the equipment is above ground,” he said, saying that plans for the building were adjusted after Superstorm Sandy struck this fall, forcing changes to how the city builds along the waterfront.
“Everybody always put them down in the basement because that was the most economic thing to do — anything above ground you could rent or occupy or sell, and so that was traditionally what had always been done.”
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