The New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC) has filed applications for a new two-story, 31,779-square-foot Queens Library at Far Rockaway. The new building will be built on the site of the existing, single-story library branch, at 16-37 Central Avenue. The facility will feature a circulation and information center, meeting rooms, a business center, and individual children, teen, and adult sections. Snøhetta will be designing the project. The 25,877-square-foot site is located at the corner of Mott Avenue, three blocks from the Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue stop on the A train. Demolition permits have not been filed for the existing library.
As the city gears up to rezone downtown Far Rockaway, one developer is trying to work with the zoning that already exists. Builder Surjeet Kaur filed plans to put up a two-story hotel at 10-74 Beach 22nd Street, right next to the Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue stop on the A, where the elevated subway line ends in Queens.
Long Island-based Collier Realty has filed applications for six two-story, two-family houses, two between 434-436 Beach 29th Street and four between 429-437 Beach 28th Street, in the Wave Crest section of Far Rockaway, Queens. The Beach 29th Street buildings will measure 3,520 square feet each, and their full-floor units should average 1,173 square feet apiece. The Beach 28th Street buildings will measure 3,300 square feet each, and their full-floor units should average 1,100 square feet apiece. Long Island-based Shahriar Afshari is the applicant of record. The block-thru development plot, located two blocks south of the Beach 25th Street stop on the A train, is currently vacant.
During Hurricane Sandy, apartments at Redfern Houses – a nine-building, 604-unit housing development at 1456 Beach Channel Drive in Far Rockaway – were flooded and then left without power for weeks. The complex’s daycare was also destroyed, but the city’s Housing Authority looks to be making upgrades to its infrastructure in addition to building a new daycare center. The city filed permits to construct four single-story electrical power service buildings on the property, each of which would measure between 800 and 1,216 square feet in size. At 1490 Beach Channel Drive, a two-story, 14,295 square-foot community center was filed. That building would include a daycare center, offices, and storage on the ground floor and community space on the second floor. Michael Szerbaty’s MD Szerbaty Associates is the applicant of record.
Hotel developers are suddenly facing new hurdles to building in protected industrial zones, and they’re looking further afield for cheap sites – right next to the border with Long Island, in fact. YIMBY spotted building applications for two hotels at 1021 and 1025 Beach Street in Far Rockaway, Queens, near where the elevated A train tracks end.