Big, mixed-use developments are slowly reshaping Queens Boulevard in Elmhurst, which is one of Queens’s fastest growing neighborhoods, after Flushing and Long Island City. Now, a new seven-story, mixed-use building is headed for 84-18 Queens Boulevard, in the heart of the area’s Chinatown.
New building applications were filed Friday for the 75-foot-tall development. The project would fill a vacant lot that runs through the block from Queens Boulevard to Grand Avenue, a block from the Grand Avenue-Newtown stop on the M and R trains. A 2,100-square-foot retail space and a 7,400-square-foot daycare would fill the ground floor. The residential portion would follow on the next five stories and would be split into towers, labeled Building A and Building B on the plans. Its 33 apartments would be spread across 22,678 square feet of residential space, creating relatively small average units measuring 690 square feet.
The third through seventh floors would each have seven units, and the seventh floor would hold five units. The building would also offer a few amenities, like a second-floor roof deck and a 17-car garage (which is required by zoning).
Tu Kang Yang is the developer, and AT&T Engineering applied for the permits.
Yang picked up the 7,500-square-foot site for a hefty $3,399,825 in 2013.
Today’s project is just one of several brewing in this immigrant-rich stretch of Queens. A few blocks east down Queens Boulevard, United Construction is working on an 18-story condo tower next to Queens Place Mall. And the city wrapped up work in the spring on a new public library at Broadway and 51st Avenue. There’s lots of development action happening at the western edge of Elmhurst, including a 10-story, mixed-use building on 45th Avenue and a nine-story residential building on 70th Street.