The little patch of Long Island City known as Dutch Kills used to be zoned only for manufacturing and commercial uses, making it pretty difficult to redevelop any of its empty lots or warehouses into apartment buildings. Then in 2008, the city rezoned the 40-block micro-hood, and developers have slowly begun filling the area with taller buildings.
Now, new building applications have been filed for a seven-story mixed-use project at 31-12 38th Avenue, half a block from the N/Q tracks and just north of Sunnyside Yards. The filing calls for 18 units over 13,492 square feet of residential space, for an average 749-square-foot unit. Photo and movie studios will occupy 2,477 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor, followed by three to four apartments per floor on the second through fifth stories.
The seventh floor will have two apartments and the lower half of a penthouse duplex, and the top floor will hold the upper half of the duplex and a roof deck. A nine-car garage will take up the cellar, and the ground floor will have a tenth off-street parking space as well as nine storage spots for bikes.
Engineer Yuk Lam is the applicant of record, and the developers appear to be a group of investors from Long Island City and Borough Park. They picked up the 4,400-square-foot plot last month for $2,320,000, according to public records.
An odd little two-story house with a brick addition currently occupies the property, which sits mid-block between 31st and 32nd Streets.