Permits Filed: Linden & Latimer Place Apartments, Flushing

The vacant lot at the corner of Linden and LatimerThe vacant lot at the corner of Linden and Latimer, via Google Maps

Normally, when YIMBY comes across a building with only a few units, it doesn’t rise to the level of its own blog post. But string eight of them together and we’ll bite.

Yesterday, architects filed for new building permits for eight new buildings in Flushing, a few blocks north of Northern Boulevard. The total unit count is 48, with the individual structures holding anywhere from three to eight units. The residential floorspace nets to nearly 35,000 square feet, and another 5,000 square feet of community facility space (likely destined for doctors) is also divided among three of the buildings. Average apartment sizes range from just under 500 square feet in the eight-unit buildings to nearly 1,700 square feet in the three-family ones.

The addresses range from 136-03 Latimer Place to No. 136-11, and 32-29 Linden Place to No. 32-37, and the total purchase price for the land – currently a vacant lot – was $5.25 million, and the lots traded hands in January.

Linden & Latimer Place Apartments, northeast of blue dot, overhead shot from Bing Maps

Linden & Latimer Place Apartments, northeast of blue dot, overhead shot from Bing Maps

We suspect that the reason for the division into so many separate buildings is the Department of City Planning’s minimum parking requirements. In R6 zones, where this development lies, projects with 10 or fewer units are exempt from the parking requirements, which add tens of thousands of dollars to the cost of construction. Developers can sidestep the requirement by having different structures, as with this project, but this still drives up costs (as each structure requires individual mechanical systems and common space) and drives down accessibility (as a larger building might have an elevator, while smaller ones do not).

The developer is Latimer and Linden Management Co., led by Leroy Blake and Cormeta Sinclain, and based across the Flushing River in Corona, Queens. Tan Architect, based in Flushing, is responsible for design.

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