A groundbreaking ceremony has been held for an eight-story, 68-unit mixed-use building at 54-25 101st Street, a.k.a. 54-15 101st Street, in Corona. The latest building permits indicate the project will measure 56,700 square feet and rise 80 feet in height, not including the bulkhead. There will be a 5,031-square-foot pre-kindergarten on the ground floor, followed by 68 affordable residential units, all designated for seniors, on the floors above. The apartments should average 688 square feet apiece.
54-15 101st Street
The eco-friendly form of construction known as passive house is still rare in New York City. It saves building owners more money in the long run by cutting down on energy costs. But construction costs developers more up front, because passive house demands a special kind of ventilation system, several additional inches of insulation, and extra thick windows. Few affordable housing developers are willing to take on the challenge, but HANAC—an organization that builds senior housing throughout Queens—has decided to make its low-income project in Corona a passive house building.
As the de Blasio administration pushes forward with its plan to build 80,000 units of affordable housing, more filings have surfaced for city-owned vacant lots, like this one at 54-15 101st in Corona, not far from Flushing Meadows Park. New building applications have been filed to erect an eight-story senior housing development there, between Lewis and Martense Avenues.