On the corner of 21st Street and 31st Avenue in Astoria, a vacant lot at 21-03 31st Avenue may sprout a six-story apartment building, after Brownstoner reported that it sold for $2,600,000 last September.
A new building application was filed yesterday for a 24-unit residential development on the site, with four apartments per floor. The top floor will have a mezzanine, making the penthouse apartments duplexes. Those 24 apartments will be spread across 16,274 square feet of residential space, for an average unit of 678 square feet. Units smaller than 700 square feet signal that rentals are likely.
There will be one outdoor parking space, as well as laundry, bike storage and a rec room in the cellar. Carusone and Cherres Architects, who are based a few blocks away near the Broadway N/Q stop, applied for the permit. Andrew Zoitas is the owner, doing business as an LLC headquartered on the same block as this property.
In 2010, this stretch of 21st Street between Astoria Boulevard and Broadway was rezoned for slightly taller buildings and mixed-use development with ground floor commercial space. Despite the option of ground floor retail, Zoitas opted to build apartments on the first floor instead.
This building appears to be the second project to rise along 21st Street since the rezoning. A 65-unit luxury rental development called The Montenegro was the first, constructed in 2011 at 30-50 21st Street.
The 4,000-square-foot site used to hold a three-story brick townhouse, which was demolished last year.