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.
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.
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.