The growing Latino and Asian immigrant population in Elmhurst is fueling a construction boom in the central Queens neighborhood. The latest evidence: an application for a new apartment building at 87-12 58th Avenue, near the Woodhaven Boulevard stop on the M and R trains.
The five-story development would replace a small, brick house and parking lot between Hoffman Drive and Seabury Street, in a part of Elmhurst wedged between Queens Boulevard and the Long Island Expressway. The plans call for 30 apartments and 20,336 square feet of residential space. Typical units would measure 670 square feet.
The ground floor would include five units, followed by seven units on each of the middle floors, and four apartments on the top floor. The building would also host a roof deck and 15 bicycle storage spaces. A 17-car garage would fill the cellar, satisfying city zoning requirements.
Permits list the developer as Sau Ping Chin, doing business as an LLC based in Corona. Ameriland Brook applied for the permits. An LLC headquartered in Manhasset Hills, N.Y. purchased the 10,171-square-foot development site for $4,150,000 in August. That purchase price works out to a hefty $200 for each square foot of the planned building.