The blocks of Jackson Heights offer some the densest real estate in Queens outside of its most urban cores like Long Island City and Jamaica, and today, we have the reveal for another new project coming to the neighborhood. YIMBY last reported on 71-17 Roosevelt Avenue back in December of 2014, when initial new building applications were filed, but now we have an update on the design and the development team, comprised of Scott Aaron’s Socius Development, and Werber Real Estate.
The building will rise 14 floors, with 95,000 square feet of residential space to be divided amongst 139 rental apartments, averaging just under 700 square feet each. Marvel Architects is behind the design.
The project will also include an 8,400 square-foot retail space on the ground floor, topped by 19,000 square feet of community facility space on the second level, to be occupied by medical offices. There will also be 167 parking spaces for the project, most of which will be located on the cellar level.
The parking requirements for the site are extremely unfortunate, especially considering its proximity to transit. The surrounding blocks contain stops for the E, F, M, R, and 7 trains, making the neighborhood one of the most transit-accessible in Queens.
Design-wise, plans for 71-17 Roosevelt Avenue are a substantial improvement on the previous mix of open land and neglected urbanity. The angular structure will feature balconies integrated within its envelope, and terraces stacked up above. The massing makes an appealing call towards the Art Deco architecture that characterizes some of the neighboring fabric in Jackson Heights.
Werber Real Estate purchased the land for $7 million back in 2013, and demolition permits have been filed for the site’s former structural occupants. Completion is likely by 2020.