A little more than a month after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced an ambitious (and surely expensive) plan to build 70,000 apartments on top of the Sunnyside Yard in Queens, a Manhattan councilman is eyeing another active rail yard for housing construction.
Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez proposed Sunday to rezone a 100-acre “manufacturing area” in the northern Manhattan neighborhood of Inwood and transform it into a “technology community,” complete with residential, commercial and retail development.
He would put most of the housing above the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s 207th Street rail yard.
Decking over an active rail yard is an expensive proposition; at Hudson Yards in western Manhattan, it is costing $700 million. But in an interview with Crain’s Monday, Mr. Rodriguez said some of the expense could be defrayed if the MTA would sell its air rights to the city.