October 26th, 2014
Amtrak is considering the option of developing it's train depot in Sunnyside, Queens. The development evaulation of the Sunnyside Yards in Queens is part of companies nationwide evaluation of its real estate portfolio. The site is currently used for housing idling trains between the morning and evening peak hours. The company is seeking partners to explore potential uses for the property, according to a report from Capital New York. Amtrak is also looking into the possibility of developing other sites they own in Chicago, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
Executives from Amtrak have been in talks with city officials about the possibility of redeveloping the site. The Sunnyside Yards is one the largest undeveloped parcels in New York City. The site holds the potential for developers willing to build a platform above the tracks, similar to the Hudson Yards project in Manhattan. The massive Queens rail yard covers 167 acres, a huge piece of land compared to the Hudson Yards site which is only 28 acres. It's located in area near great mass transit and booming residential neighborhoods such as Long Island City, Astoria, Woodside, and Greenpoint.
The M.T.A. would have to be involved in deciding the future of the facility because part of the site is under the control of the LIRR. There will be future discussions about whether to develop a new site on top of the current rail yard, which is what the developers at the Hudson Yards choose to do, or to find a replacement site for the idling trains.