Although we’d love to see more residential development in downtown Jamaica, much of the new construction in the eastern Queens neighborhood is tied to hotels and tourism. The latest new hotel is coming to 97-26 147th Place, on a lot a few blocks south of the Jamaica LIRR station.
Property owner Balwinder Singh has filed applications for a four-story, six-unit mixed-use building at 144-32 Liberty Avenue, in western Jamaica, located eight blocks south of the Jamaica station on the Long Island Rail Road. The structure will measure 6,289 square feet and will include 1,617 square feet of retail space on the ground floor. The residential units should average 779 square feet apiece, indicative of rental apartments. Nasir J. Khanzada’s Queens-based company is the applicant of record. The 25-foot-wide, 2,154-square-foot lot, at the corner of Inwood Street, has long been vacant. Its last occupant was a single-story structure, which was internally demolished in 1991.
Jamaica’s development boom is moving south of the Long Island Rail Road yards and into the relatively forgotten area near the Van Wyck Expressway. Yesterday, YIMBY noticed plans for an unusual hotel-residential project at 143-18 Liberty Avenue, along an industrial and highway-like stretch of eastern Queens.
Downtown Jamaica’s big, mixed-use developments are slowly inching towards reality, but further east along Hillside Avenue, small developments are growing, too. On Friday, plans were filed to expand a two-story office building at 168-30 89th Avenue into four stories of apartments.
Filings for new construction in Jamaica, Queens, have dropped off since the 421-a tax exemption expired in January. But one optimistic developer has taken the plunge and filed plans for a mixed-use building at 177-14 Wexford Terrace, on the southern edge of Jamaica Estates.