Developers have been busy in Astoria recently, and last Friday, applications were filed for two five-story residential buildings near the 30th Avenue N/Q stop.
Two big developments, Hallets Point and Astoria Cove, are in the works on Astoria’s waterfront, but smaller developers have begun arriving on the neighborhood’s northern edge. The latest addition is an eight-story mixed-use project planned for 21-07 Astoria Boulevard.
Back in 2013, Forest Hills-based Sharon Cohen filed applications for four little residential buildings at 12-02 – 12-10 27th Avenue, in western Astoria. Within the past few weeks, the DOB has finally granted building permits. The entire development will measure 10,348 square feet in residential space and total eight units. All four buildings will have only two units, with two of them rising three stories and the other two rising two stories. Long Island-based Shahriar Afshari is the architect of record, and the site’s old two-story home was demolished in July.
When the city rezoned Astoria five years ago, stretch of 31st Street that runs underneath the elevated N/Q tracks got new zoning that encouraged mixed-use development instead of just residential buildings. Now developers are snapping up small lots beneath the tracks and filing plans for moderately sized apartment buildings, incorporating a mix of residential, commercial and community facilities. Flushing-based builder Wen Ye is planning a seven-story project with retail and a small medical office at 30-63 31st Street, a block south of the 30th Avenue stop.
Back in February, YIMBY reported on applications for a seven-story, 65-unit residential building at 34-22 35th Street, in southern Astoria, equidistant to subway stops on the N/Q and M/R trains. Now, Real Estate Weekly has the project’s reveal. According to the latest permits, the building will feature 1,352 square feet of ground-floor retail space, and rental units will average 665 square feet apiece. Fairfield County-based Valyrian Capital is developing, while Kutnicki Bernstein Architects is designing. The vacant property was acquired for $16 million in an off-market deal.