Developers Pursue Zoning Map Amendments for Storage Facility in Rockaway Beach, Queens

Site map of proposed development site for Beach 97 storage facility - VHBSite map of proposed development site for Beach 97 storage facility - VHB

The Department of City Planning is now reviewing an Environmental Assessment Statement and proposed zoning text amendments that would facilitate the construction of a large storage facility in Rockaway Beach, Queens. The proposed action would rezone the area from a manufacturing district to a mixed-use district with a commercial retail overlay.

The property is located at 350 Beach 79th Street and is bound on one side by the Barbados Basin associated with Jamaica Bay. The study included an analysis of shadows cast on the body of water, estimated at just over six hours a day.

Diagram illustrates proposed massing and anticipated shadows over the Barbadoes Basin and Brandreth Creek - VHB; Frank G. Relf Architect, P.C.

Diagram illustrates proposed massing and anticipated shadows over the Barbadoes Basin and Brandreth Creek – VHB; Frank G. Relf Architect, P.C.

The development site comprises two distinct buildings. An existing structure, referred to as Building A, is a single-story manufacturing building comprising approximately 34,541 square feet. The proposed scope of work does not call for demolition of Building A.

Designed by Frank G. Relf Architect, Building B, a new structure, would comprise 204,465 square feet. The first floor of Building B would be elevated on 15-foot-tall stilts to accommodate open parking on the ground level and five loading berths at the rear. The parking component is designed to accommodate up to 34 vehicles.

Site map illustrates proposed Beach 97 storage facility - VHB

Site map illustrates proposed Beach 97 storage facility – VHB

The entity responsible for the project and associated proposals is listed as 79 Averne Development LLC. No additional information is available regarding the development team, nor when the project might begin construction.

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