Two attached homes in the quiet little neighborhood of Kew Gardens, Queens will meet the wrecking ball for a nine-story apartment building at 82-76 116th Street.
Owner Grigori Matatov filed plans today for a development with 29 apartments spread across 25,124 square feet, for an average unit size of 866 square feet. It will rise 80 feet on a sizable property overlooking Forest Park, bounded by 116th Street, Grosvenor Road, Metropolitan Avenue and Park Lane South.
No parking is listed on the permits, and filing for 29 apartments instead of 30 allows the developer to sidestep the parking required by the zoning code. The architect of record is Angelo S Ng of Architects Studio NY.
Matatov picked up the two single-family homes at 82-76 and 82-78 116th Street for $1,980,000 last December, and managed to cobble together a 5,500-square-foot development site with roughly 22,000 buildable square feet. Demolition permits have not yet been filed for the houses, which are built in a Tudor Revival style found throughout this part of Queens.
Development in the neighborhood, which is sandwiched between Forest Hills, Jamaica and Richmond Hill, has picked up in recent years, thanks to a rezoning in 2005. This area near Forest Park was changed from R7-1 to R7A, allowing higher density development with less parking.
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