On Friday, June 8 AAFE and the Regional Plan Association (RPA) released preliminary findings of our Neighborhood Plan for Flushing, and hosted a discussion with community leaders.

The conversation, part of NeighborWorks America Week, was focused on transportation, housing and economic development issues. The preliminary research was presented by RPA in preparation for a joint Community Recommendations Report to be  completed later this year. The event was held at United HealthCare, 136-02 Roosevelt Avenue, in Flushing. The findings were presented by Moses Gates, vice president for housing & neighborhood planning at the Regional Plan Association, and Sarah Serpas, RPA’s senior planner for housing and neighborhood planning.

Taking part in the community conversation were Sudha Acharya, executive director of the South Asian Council for Social Services; Rev. Wilfredo Benitez of St. George Episcopal Church; Flushing historian Jack Eichenbaum; and Flora Ferng, AAFE’s managing director of program services.

Funding for this initiative has been provided by City Council members Paul Vallone and Peter Koo.

In 2016, AAFE launched the Flushing 2050 Community Building Initiative, a future-oriented, broad-based and community-led visioning effort for Flushing’s long-term progress and quality of life.