Massive 2,200-Unit Redevelopment Revealed for Former Peninsula Hospital in Queens

Peninsula Hospital Aufgang ArchitectsPeninsula Hospital's redevelopment, image by Aufgang Architects

Redevelopments with thousands of residential units aren’t particularly common in New York City, however, the past several months have brought proposals for such projects to ULURP from several locations, including the tentative 1,642-unit expansion of Lenox Terrace, in Harlem. Today, YIMBY has the first look at plans for 2,200 new units proposed for the former Peninsula Hospital site, in Edgemere, Queens.

Peninsula Hospital Proposal

Peninsula Hospital Proposal

The proposed action would rezone the site to C4-4, allowing a massive transformation and its complete revitalization. The breakdown of the benefits is outlined in the above table provided in the application.

YIMBY previously reported on efforts to revitalize and rezone Edgmere back in 2016, when the city was considering plans for the eastern part of the neighborhood. The action proposed in ULURP is separate from that rethinking, which means that even larger changes for the vicinity could be in store beyond the 2,200 units in this proposal.

Peninsula Hospital With vs. Without

Peninsula Hospital with vs. without changes

As revealed in the analysis of what should happen with-action vs. without, the proposed redevelopment would add approximately 4,500 residents and 584 jobs to the neighborhood. That would also come with almost 40,000 square feet of public outdoor space, and 642 parking spaces.

While the abundance of parking is generous, the increment from no-action to with-action is only 85, showing that the City believes the bulk of new residents would use public transit. With the site located roughly seven blocks from the A train’s stop at Beach 44th Street, that is quite plausible.

Beyond the reasonable amount of parking for the location, the project will also yield 151,809 square feet of retail space, and 64,355 square feet of community facility space, rounding out the development with a diverse mix of uses. With the empty hospital currently acting as a void for eyes on the street, the infill should also be a boon to neighborhood safety.

Though the plans must be approved before anything can be built, the Citywide push for mega-affordable housing developments is running concurrent with the Mayor’s initiatives to build and maintain more stock. Given this, and the anticipated completion date of full build-out set for 2034, the odds of realization seem decent.

The full scope of the application is summarized in its opening pages as follows:

The actions being sought from the CPC, as described in detail herein, include zoning map and text amendments plus a large-scale general development (LSGD) special permit. The Applicant also intends to seek public funds and/or financing from various City and New York State agencies and/or programs related to affordable housing development. The discretionary CPC actions, along with the discretionary public funds that may be sought by the Applicant are collectively referred to as the “Proposed Actions,” and are subject to environmental review pursuant to the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) and City Environmental Quality Review (CEQR) process.

The Proposed Actions would facilitate an approximately 2,289,000 gross square feet (gsf) development (the “Proposed Project”) on the Project Site, comprised of 17 buildings with approximately 2,200 residential dwelling units (DUs), of which 1,910 DUs are intended to be affordable with 270 DUs set aside for senior housing.

If approvals are granted, work is expected to begin on the first phase of the project next year. Peninsula Rockaway Limited Partnership is listed as the developer, while Aufgang Architects is behind the design.

As YIMBY previously reported, Arker Companies and the Northeast Brooklyn Housing Development Corporation purchased the site for $19 million in July of 2016. The pair appear to be behind the new proposal, under the Limited Partnership listed in the ULURP application.

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9 Comments on "Massive 2,200-Unit Redevelopment Revealed for Former Peninsula Hospital in Queens"

  1. Please pardon me for using your space: Plentifully numbered for developments I was cleared. (Thank you)

  2. StatenIslander | March 26, 2018 at 11:50 am | Reply

    Wasn’t this entire are under water during Hurricane Sandy?

  3. Another part of the plan to stuff every square inch of space with apartments.

    Who moved to Rockaway to live in Manhattan style apartments an hour and a half from Manhattan?

    And the plans are to make the new residents prisoners of the rotten local shopping by not providing adequate parking. But, of course, they WILL shop in the Five Towns, as everyone who can get there does.

  4. Nice!! Needs more market rate units though — maybe as further incentive to provide better flood protection along the shoreline.

  5. Rockaway needs more hospitals and less apartments as 4,500 apartments are excessive.

  6. Only ten minutes to the train then an hour or more to Manhattan?

  7. robert Schiffer | January 25, 2019 at 8:35 am | Reply

    Well where to begin:
    1. Density is so high to make as much money for the developer as possible and to reduce to a realistic point to react to community uproar.
    2. Building heights and loads should be based on boraings that hit bedrock. Have someone look at the top floors of existing and older building to see if they have shifted over time. Solid base on peninsula is elusive, that’s why it’s classified as a barrier beach not rock like over the bridge.
    3. Have community board to request hiring a architectural firm to translate the needs of the community into a solution not another green band aide.
    4. Mobilize the whole pensiula into a cohesive group that interfaces with CB14. Bring on Lawyers, and other professionals that live in the community that understand development.
    5. Watch out for rabble rousers that talk to hear them selves and who might have too close affiliation with the developer, who might be tempted to stack the room!
    6. Good luck and don’t fuck up my home town!

  8. We need better schools.clean safe open space. Along with good restaurants and things to do in the community. We should not have to shop in five towns and going out of our communities. More building and crowding is not going to benefit the neighborhood We have plenty of open space here in Rockaway. A movie theater good retail companies such a trader Joe’s a wholefood. Yes these retail space improve quality of life. Not everyone in far rockaway just like chinese restuarant liquor stores and dirty bodegas some of us want the same thing the rest of the other neighborhoods in new york have . Having these stores and more things to do improve our neighborhood. We do appreciate convenience and things to do not everyone here dont care.some of us have pride in the area and some of us see the big picture. Rockaway is a jem and just needs a little tlc.

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