Permits Filed: 38-11 31st Street, Astoria

38-11 31st Street, image from Google Maps38-11 31st Street, image from Google Maps

In the shadow of the N/Q elevated train line, a new seven-story building will be rising on 31st Street, in Astoria, according to a new building permit filed by Morali Architects with the Department of Buildings on Friday.

At 38-11 31st Street, just down the block from the 39th Avenue N/Q stop, an LLC led by Bessie Giannopulos and Richard Johnson, based in Long Island City, are seeking to construct a mixed-use building with 42 apartments and a fairly large wholesale retailer.

The 42 housing units would be spread over nearly 28,000 square feet of residential space, for an average apartment size of just a bit over 650 square feet – likely suggesting rentals. There will be between six and eight apartments per floor from the second to seventh stories.

The ground floor, meanwhile, will have an apartment lobby and a 7,300-square foot commercial space, labeled on the Schedule A filing as a “wholesale establishment.” The cellar will include a 33-spot parking garage, with more spaces than required by code.

38-11 31st Street is currently home to a two-story brick building, occupied by a martial arts studio, and it was purchased by the developers earlier this year for $4.2 million. A demolition permit application was submitted a few weeks ago.

The development was enabled by the 2008 Dutch Kills rezoning, which allowed mid-rise-scale residential and mixed-use development (where previously only industrial, commercial, and low-density housing was allowed) on the blocks around 31st Street, between the 39th Avenue and 36th Avenue train stops.

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