Chris Xu’s Century Construction and Development Group is slowly transforming Queens with huge mixed-use projects. Last month he filed plans for a 79-story skyscraper next to One Court Square in Long Island City. Now, YIMBY has renderings for his ambitious 14-story tower at 134-03 35th Avenue in Flushing.
The complex will replace his family’s building supply company at the corner of Prince Street and 35th Avenue. The huge parcel sits just north of the industrial area that the city plans to rezone along the waterfront, at the outer edges of downtown Flushing.
Xu first filed plans for the 207,000-square-foot project over a year ago. It’s still wending its way through the Department of Buildings, but the details appear to have stayed the same.
The finished building will host 134 condos, 206 hotel rooms, a restaurant, six retail spaces, and a “community club.” The hotel will occupy the first five floors, and 102,647 square feet of apartments will be stacked on top. Average units will measure roughly 760 square feet. That’s usually too small for condos, but little units are ideal for Chinese residents who value owning their homes and don’t want to pay millions to buy.
The hotel portion will occupy 86,250 square feet, and 18,000 square feet on the ground floor will be devoted to the community facility. The lower floors will include a slew of amenities, including a gym, laundry, storage, as well as spaces needed for a hotel, like locker rooms for hotel staff.
And a parking garage large enough for 223 cars will take up the bottom two floors of the cellars. As we’ve come to expect in Flushing, the developer has chosen to build a much larger garage than the city requires. The 7 train and the LIRR are only a 15 minute walk away at Main Street in downtown Flushing, which usually means parking is less of an issue. But drivers who commute to the neighborhood from more suburban areas of Queens and Long Island put pressure on developers to build huge parking garages here.
Flushing-based architect Jon K Yung of My Architect PC is responsible for the design. He’s worked on several modern, glassy projects throughout Queens, including several mid-size rental buildings in Long Island City, a 15-story condo development in Murray Hill, and a boxy 18-story residential tower in Elmhurst.
United Construction hopes to break ground on the building later this year.