Back in December of 2016, developer Hui Chen acquired 136-78 41st Avenue, in Flushing, for $9.32 million. While DOB applications have yet to be filed for the site, today, YIMBY has the first rendering for the project, which is being designed by Raymond Chan Architect, PC.
The building will be mixed-use, spanning 69,300 square feet in all, however it will not be entirely residential. Space will be included for the adjacent St. Michael’s Catholic Church, although the rendering shows that their structure next-door will remain intact.
Besides the community facility component, there will be 65 apartments. While the exact average size is currently unknown, even a generously-sized church component would still allow for condominiums, as the neighborhood’s Chinese majority overwhelmingly prefer condos rather than rentals, even at sizes that would normally indicate the latter.
There will be a very minor setback above the first floor, though it will barely be noticeable, and the building will be mostly flush against the sidewalk. The glassy exterior will be combined with a grey-brick facade, and balconies will also be interspersed. All in all, the densification and mix of uses will greatly improve upon the site’s current condition.
No completion date has been announced yet, and demolition permits for the existing structures have not yet been filed.