New permits indicate Vornado is proceeding with plans to develop a 24-story and 288-foot residential tower at 61-01 Junction Boulevard in Queens, atop an existing commercial structure. The architect of record is SLCE.
The tower will contain approximately 290,000 square feet of space, with a total of 314 units. The development is located in Rego Park, which has relatively few high-rises; 61-01 Junction Boulevard will be on the larger side for the neighborhood, and will become a major presence on the Queens skyline, given its isolation.
61-01 Junction Boulevard will be built atop a mall; suburban-oriented commercial spaces are atypical for the denser areas of New York, and densifying the property will benefit the neighborhood, given the new building will provide new apartments. Encouraging new developments in outer neighborhoods of New York City is important, as expanding the city’s walkable urban core is inevitable; the most logical place for affordable, large-scale projects is in transit-accessible neighborhoods in both Brooklyn and Queens.
The permits are fresh, so work is just about to begin; no completion date has been announced.
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