A Hindu temple in Hollis, Queens hopes to expand farther east to serve the thriving South Asian community in Floral Park, a neighborhood right next to the Long Island border. YIMBY has a look at the plans for their new temple, which is set to rise at 264-12 Hillside Avenue.
The Floral Park temple will closely resemble traditional Hindu shrines in India. While we don’t have renderings, we do have detailed drawings pulled from environmental review documents. The stepped structure will be topped with five large domes, and little ziggurats will perch on top of several entranceways lined with columns.
The two-story building will have a large prayer hall, a small store, a vestibule, and an office on the first floor. The second floor will hold studies for three priests, storage, mechanicals, and a caretaker’s apartment.
The house of worship will rise on a 10,000-square-foot plot between 264th and 265th streets, only a few blocks west of the city border with Nassau County. Plans for the 8,000-square-foot structure were filed more than a year ago, but the Department of Buildings hasn’t approved them yet.
The site is also fairly contaminated because it was a gas station until 1991. In order to gain DOB approval, the developers have to truck out the contaminated soil and clean up the lot according to city regulations.
Shiv Shakti Peeth temple is developing the project, and architect Manish Savani is responsible for the design.
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