The Queens West Development Corporation (QWDC) is a subsidiary of Empire State Development and a cooperative undertaking of the State of New York and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. QWDC is charged with overseeing the remediation and redevelopment of former industrial waterfront property along the East River in Long Island City, Queens into a vibrant community. The project boundaries extend from the Anable Basin to 50th Avenue, west of 5th Street.
Since its creation, QWDC has done much to transform this formerly contaminated waterfront area into a thriving community. The project includes eleven residential buildings (providing over 4,600 units of housing), over 170,000 square feet of retail amenities, public streets and utilities, two public schools, and 13 acres of public parkland and recreation areas.
Construction at Queens West is nearly complete. In May 2015, the Queens Library broke ground on the last undeveloped parcel at Queens West, and has begun construction on the borough's newest library branch.