Eight-Story Affordable Housing Development Revealed for 68-19 Woodhaven Boulevard in Rego Park, Queens

Illustration reveals proposed massing at 68-19 Woodhaven Boulevard - Gerald Caliendo ArchitectIllustration reveals proposed massing at 68-19 Woodhaven Boulevard - Gerald Caliendo Architect

The Department of City Planning recently signed off on preliminary proposals to construct an eight-story mixed-use property in Rego Park, Queens. The development site is located at 68-19 Woodhaven Boulevard and could eventually comprise a mix of income-restricted apartments, market-rate homes, ground-floor retail, and a medical office suite.

In a lengthy Environmental Assessment Statement, the Department of City Planning concluded that the development would not result in any potentially significant adverse environmental impacts on the surrounding neighborhood. This includes stress on existing infrastructure, displacement of businesses and jobs, daytime shadows cast by the building, and the existing urban landscape.

If approved by the Department of Buildings, the developer would demolish a large swath of low-rise commercial and residential properties that currently occupy the wedge-shaped assemblage. Designed by Gerald Caliendo Architect, the new building would comprise over 120,000 square feet of area with frontage on Woodhaven Boulevard and 68th Road.

Aerial view of existing conditions at 68-19 Woodhaven Boulevard

Aerial view of existing conditions surrounding 68-19 Woodhaven Boulevard and the proposed development site [red]

Aerial view of 68-19 Woodhaven Boulevard development site

Aerial view of 68-19 Woodhaven Boulevard’s proposed development site [red]

The proposed residential component would comprise just under 86,000 square feet and yield 92 rental apartments. A total of 28 units would be reserved for seniors and priced below market rate. Available units would range from studios up to three-bedrooms, with select units offering outdoor balconies. The remaining floor space would be divided among 8,000 square feet of retail, over 8,700 square feet for medical offices, and a cellar-level parking garage for 81 vehicles.

Though the renderings do not give any indication of the fenestration or curtain wall makeup, they do offer an impression of the way the massing will occupy the lot. Rather than curving to match the arc of 68th Road, the structure features a number of horizontally stepped volumes, increasing the exterior surface area for more light exposure. There is a setback at the sixth floor.

Construction is expected to last approximately 18 months with completion as early as 2023.

Illustration reveals proposed massing at 68-19 Woodhaven Boulevard - Gerald Caliendo Architect

Illustration reveals proposed massing at 68-19 Woodhaven Boulevard – Gerald Caliendo Architect

Illustrations reveal proposed massing at 68-19 Woodhaven Boulevard - Gerald Caliendo Architect

Illustrations reveal proposed massing at 68-19 Woodhaven Boulevard – Gerald Caliendo Architect

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10 Comments on "Eight-Story Affordable Housing Development Revealed for 68-19 Woodhaven Boulevard in Rego Park, Queens"

  1. Well if the MTA ever gets off their butt and reactivates that branch there will likely be a station in the vicinity of Union Tpk and Yellowstone so I would say this is a pretty smart investment in the area.

  2. Could be taller though. We need more 20 story towers dotting the outer boroughs.

      • Harris C. Bulow | February 19, 2021 at 9:57 am | Reply

        I agree too. Queens needs to step out of Brooklyn’s shadow…Brooklyn is too damn expensive…with some quality real estate development…not utilitarian development, but large scale and architecturally significant.

        Looking forward to supporting the mayoral candidate who visits Queens and talks about each of the neighborhoods the most…the one who talks about doing for Queens what many did for Brooklyn. Who will get landmarks over here one of these days…to preserve and glorify, of course, not to needlessly block progress.

  3. Am very interested to get a application,how can apply… thank you…

  4. Area is congested enough. This is a long way from subways also. Makes little or no sense.

  5. Gail Foston-Gailyard | November 28, 2020 at 6:32 am | Reply

    I would like to obtain a application for a 1 bedroom apartment
    Thank you kindly.
    Mr. Mrs Gailyard

  6. I would like to obtain an application for a one bedroom apartment.Thanks so much.
    Mr. Manuel Castro

  7. How can I apply for a 3 BR apartment as a senior citizen?

  8. Claribel Caban | January 8, 2021 at 9:25 pm | Reply

    My husband and I are senior citizens,I am currently working for the DOE.

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