Development is booming in the borderlands between Long Island City and Astoria, and today, YIMBY has a rendering for a mixed-use apartment building planned beneath the elevated subway tracks on 31st Street, not far from Kaufman Astoria Studios and the Museum of the Moving Image.
The seven-story project will rise at 36-31 31st Street, half a block from the 36th Avenue stop on the N and Q trains. Twenty apartments will be stacked on top of a 1,200-square-foot retail space. Since they’ll be distributed across 15,140 square feet of residential space, the average unit will measure 750 feet, which is typical for rentals.
Each of the upper floors will have four apartments, and the cellar will include nine cars.
The design, from T.F. Cusanelli & Filletti Architects, has many of the neo-Classical design touches we’ve come to expect from new construction in Astoria. The top three floors are set back from the rest of the building, and the cornices are surprisingly pronounced and detailed for a new building. It’s hard to say how it will fit in with the rest of the block, which is lined with aging wood frame houses and low-slung industrial buildings.
The developer is Debra Deow, who lists a business address in Jamaica, Queens. Her family has owned the 5,700-square-foot lot and its little wood frame house since 1984.