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Con Ed halts FedEx talks over Astoria property sale

Con Edison has suspended its talks with Federal Express about selling a portion of its 20th Avenue property in Astoria to the shipping giant for a distribution center, state Assemblyman Michael Gianaris (D−Astoria) said. “[This] is a testament to what this community can accomplish when we work together and do not give up,” Gianaris said. “We will be spared from yet another burden to the quality of life in our neighborhood.”

Gianaris said as many as 100 to 200 trucks could have entered and exited the facility each day.

In a statement, Con Ed confirmed that it was no longer in discussions with FedEx.

“We are suspending plans regarding the sale of a parcel of our Astoria property and are reevaluating our options,” the statement read.

— Nathan Duke

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