D&F Development Group is working on four residential buildings in a far-flung piece of South Jamaica, Queens, and now they’ve filed plans for the fifth piece of their project at 126-30 Locust Manor Lane.
The development would rise on a huge lot sandwiched between Baisley Boulevard, 172nd Street, and the Long Island Rail Road’s Atlantic Branch tracks. The sprawling complex, called Locust Manor Estates, sits on the border with Rochdale and St. Albans, two other largely African American and Afro-Caribbean middle class neighborhoods.
The 14-story building would reach 125 feet into the air and hold 82 apartments. Divided across 88,480 square feet of residential space, those units would average a roomy 1,083 square feet – likely three- and four-bedrooms geared toward families.
There would be four apartments on the ground floor, a community room and a management office, topped by six units each in the remaining 13 stories.
Residents will also have access to a 32-car parking lot, which they’ll probably need because this part of Queens is so poorly served by public transit. The Locust Manor stop on the LIRR is about a mile away, but the railroad’s infrequent service and relatively high fares make it hard for residents to live in this part of Queens without a car.
Architect Gerald Caliendo will be responsible for the design.
The whole development appears to be affordable or senior housing. Rents at the eight-story Arbor at Locust Manor ranged from $693 for a one-bedroom to $1,031 for a two-bedroom, and the 53-unit Horizon will have a combination of Section 8 and affordable units. Another eight-story rental is under construction at 171-04 Baisely Boulevard, and an eight-story senior housing complex called The Summerset was finished in 2009.