Kew Gardens is in for an attractive new development, with building applications filed for 83-61 116th Street, just off the intersection of Curzon Road. The site also includes the neighboring lot at 116-02 Curzon Road, which puts the project directly on the intersection with 116th Street, giving the assemblage a unique form that the architects have used to their advantage.
DOB applications show the structure will total eight floors and 21,376 square feet of residential space, to be divided between 32 units. At a bit over 650 square feet apiece, that means rentals are very likely.
Bluarch Architecture is behind the design, and the project will feature two distinct aesthetics. The part directly on the intersection will feature enormous rounded balconies sticking out from each level, with callings to Art Deco stylings, and an exterior rendered in cast-in-place concrete. The other part, on the 83-61 116th Street lot, will be substantially more contemporarily-minded, with a variegated pattern of balconies facing up against floor-to-ceiling glass.
Fortunately, neither of the components show any PTACs — and the part facing the intersection would leave no room for them in the final built version, either — which means this may be one of the few Outer Borough rental developments that is free of the scourge.
The site’s two existing homes were fairly old and rather attractive, but the replacement will do the lots justice considering transit accessibility and the increase in density. Multiple bus lines run nearby, and the 121st St/Jamaica Ave stop on the J and Z trains is just a few blocks to the southeast.
Demolition permits have yet to be filed, and Vincenzo Maimone, of Curzon Development LLC is listed as the developer.