BRP Companies plans to spend nearly $300 million developing two mixed-use high rises just north of Jamaica Station in Queens, in what some have called the “largest private investment in Downtown Jamaica in decades.” Now they’ve filed new building applications for their megaproject at the corner of Archer Avenue and Sutphin Boulevard, a combination of a church, mixed-income apartments and retail.
Filings call for two towers, 14 and 26 stories tall, at 147-22 and 147-30 Archer Avenue. The taller building will top out at 290 feet and house 450 units on the upper floors. The base will have 96,100 square feet of retail divided over three floors. Residential will begin on the fourth story, where 15 apartments will have private terraces. Most of the amenities will also be located on the fourth floor, including a lounge, fitness room, children’s play room, and laundry.
The second, 145-foot-tall building will include 130 units and a 17,100-square-foot church on the first two floors. There will be nine to eleven units on each floor, and many will have private balconies.
Ultimately, the project will include 580 units across 522,947 square feet of residential space, for a surprisingly spacious average unit of 900 square feet. It’s unclear how many apartments will be affordable, but the Midtown East-based developer promised to rent a quarter of the units at below-market rates when it struck a deal for the large commercial site last year. There will also be 256 parking spots, 84 of which will be in an underground garage.
FXFOWLE will be responsible for the design, and the first renderings were released to DNAinfo last October.
BRP acquired the 58,000-square-foot site from Greater Jamaica Development Corp. earlier this month for $19,500,000, The Real Deal reported. They expect to break ground in December on the project.