Developers are slowly starting to pay attention to Kew Gardens, a middle-class neighborhood in eastern Queens with a burgeoning immigrant population. The latest proof comes in the form of a new building application for an eight-story apartment building at 83-67 116th Street, just east of Forest Park.
The 80-foot-tall development would replace a series of large, single-family homes between Curzon Road and 84th Avenue. The plans call for 46 apartments divided across 30,857 square feet of residential space, for average units measuring just 670 square feet. The project appears to be rentals, because the units will be pretty small.
The first floor would have three units and the lobby, followed by five to seven units per story through the eighth floor. There won’t be any parking, because the project’s relatively small lot size allows it to duck the city’s requirements.
Antonio Di Oronzo’s Bluarch Architecture will handle the design, and the developer is Vincenzio Maimone, doing business as a Whitestone-based LLC.
The site includes at least one set of attached homes, but since the developer hasn’t listed their tax lots on the permit, we don’t know if the houses on the corner of the block – at Curzon Road – will meet the wrecking ball too.
The two attached houses at 83-65 and 83-67 116th Street have already changed hands for a combined $1.7 million in separate sales. The developer filed plans to demolish both structures last year, but the DOB has not approved them yet.
All of Kew Gardens was rezoned back in 2005, and the zoning on this block was altered only slightly, changing from R7-1 to R7A. The change mostly meant a height cap of 80 feet for new buildings and a reduction in parking requirements.