Developer Yin C. Hu has already knocked down a Met Food grocery store to make way for a mixed-use tower at 41-62 Bowne Street in Flushing, and now YIMBY has a look at what the building will look like once it’s complete.
The 14-story development will have two stories of retail and a school, topped by eleven stories of apartments. The residential portion will be set back, but the first two floors appear to break the street wall, extending past the facade of the pre-war apartment block next door.
The design will be fairly simple and modern, incorporating white panelling, large windows, and plenty of glassy balconies on each of the upper floors. Angelo & Anthony Ng’s Architects Studio, based in Maspeth, is responsible for the design and the rendering.
Plans for this project were first filed in September, and the Department of Buildings approved permits last month. Architect Anthony Ng told us that it will be condos, and excavation is underway.
The 158-foot-tall building will rise between Sanford and Franklin avenues, only a few blocks from the bustling restaurants and markets along Main Street and Roosevelt Avenue in Flushing. Residents will also have an easy walk to the 7 train stop and LIRR station, which sit a block apart on Main Street.
When construction wraps, there will be 84 apartments, an 11,400-square-foot school, and 12,000 square feet of retail. Those apartments will be distributed across 64,162 square feet of residential space, creating relatively small condos with an average size of 760 square feet. Little condos are pretty common in Flushing, where Chinese buyers often value affordability more than space. But everywhere else in the city, these apartments would be rentals.
A two-level underground garage will have room for 93 cars. That’s more parking than the city requires for the apartments, but it isn’t enough to support a new grocery store. In an e-mail to YIMBY, Ng explained that “a supermarket may be out of the question” for the retail space. The developers can’t build a garage large enough to satisfy parking requirements, which are quite high for a grocery store.