NEW YORK CITY—A major mixed-use development in the Astoria section of Queens—which brings with it the promises of affordable housing and waterfront access—took a giant step forward on Monday. The project, known as Astoria Cove, was certified by the City Planning Commission, allowing the seven-month, comprehensive ULURP process to get started.

Slated to offer 1700 apartments, including 295 affordable units, the sprawling 8.5-acre complex also will offer a supermarket and other retail stores, as well as 900 parking spaces. was unable to ascertain the price of the development at press time.

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