As the growing Chinese community sprawls east in Queens, YIMBY has been noticing filings for large, mixed-use developments planned further away from bustling downtown Flushing near the end of the 7 train. Yesterday, one developer filed plans for an 11-story building with commercial and community space at 141-26 Northern Boulevard, between Parsons Boulevard and Bowne Street.
The 143-foot-tall building would rise more than half a mile from the Main Street stop on the 7 and the Murray Hill stop on the LIRR in either direction. There would be 56 apartments spread across 41,429 square feet of residential space, for an average unit of 739 square feet.
The first floor would hold close to 14,000 square feet of retail, and medical offices would occupy the second floor. And a school would take up the third floor, bringing the building’s community space up to 16,716 square feet. The remaining seven floors would be residential, topped by a penthouse duplex on the top floor.
The cellar levels would host 126 parking spaces, which sounds high, but is fairly typical for Chinese developments with community space.
The developer is Yin C. Hu, based in Bayside, and Anthony Ng of Maspeth-based Architects Studio is the architect of record. He paid $13,000,000 for the 17,000-square-foot property in May—more than $2,000,000 over its asking price.
This development benefits from its juicy R6 zoning and gets a substantial density bonus for including community facilities. Meanwhile, much of northern Flushing and Murray Hill just a few blocks east were downzoned during the Bloomberg administration, stifling small development in this affordable swath of Queens.