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.
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.