While two megaprojects, Astoria Cove and Hallets Point, inch toward reality in western Astoria, smaller developers have begun to eye the little peninsula that juts out into the East River, just south of Astoria Park. One such builder, Dr. Baldhevai Patel, hopes to build a six-story mixed-use development at 26-36 4th Street, between 26th and 27th Avenues.
New building applications call for 10 apartments stacked on top of community and commercial space. a little 150-square-foot community facility will occupy the basement, followed by 1,500 square feet of commercial space on the first floor and five floors of residential. Each floor will hold two units apiece. Those 10 units will be divided across 7,064 square feet, with average apartments measuring just over 700 square feet.
Dr. Patel is based in Manhasset, out on Long Island, and he purchased the 2,359 square foot property from Goodwill last year for $701,000. The site is currently home to a single-story storefront, and demolition applications haven’t been filed yet.
Briarwood-based architect Gerald Caliendo applied for the permit.
This project benefits from a rezoning that happened last year for Astoria Cove. The de Blasio administration pushed through a bit more affordable housing than a Bloomberg-era rezoning, and in exchange, developer Alma Realty will get to build 1,700 apartments on land that was previously zoned for manufacturing. The new zoning also created commercial overlays on the existing residential blocks, one of which was 4th Street. So 26-36 4th Street will have ground floor retail thanks to Alma Realty.
Just to the north on 1st Street, the Durst Organization filed plans for the first phase of Hallets Point in June. The building at 26-01 1st Street would have 224 apartments, a 184-car garage, and a supermarket on the ground floor. Ultimately, the multi-building complex will bring another 2,400 apartments to the relatively remote stretch of Queens waterfront.