It was revealed in March that plans for a commercial-retail complex at 90-02 168th Street, in downtown Jamaica, had been abandoned, and that the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation (GJDC) would be releasing an updated request for proposals (RFP) for the site. An updated RFP is now available, DNAinfo reported. The GJDC is seeking a team to build a mixed-use project that would include roughly 75,000 square feet of retail space and at least 250 residential units. Between 10 to 20 percent of the apartments would be set aside for artists. A larger portion, which includes some (or possibly all) of the artists’ units, will be designated as affordable, renting at below-market rates through a lottery. Overall, the vacant, 99,500-square-foot site could accommodate up to 497,500 square feet of mixed-use development. Applications for the RFP are due December 2nd, and the project should be complete by 2019.
Nine years after the Bloomberg administration rezoned Jamaica, Queens, new construction is finally starting to appear in the neighborhood. The latest project to add to the list is coming to 148-36 89th Avenue, close to several train lines and the Long Island Rail Road stop at Jamaica.
The Buildings Department has approved plans for Masjid Al-Arapha to build a three-story, 15,120-square-foot religious facility at 88-49 179th Place, located immeadiately east of downtown Jamaica. The project will measure 15,120 square feet and rise 35 feet in height. It will contain prayer areas on the ground and second floors, followed by classrooms for children ages three through 12 on the third floor. The cellar will contain a kitchen and a 22-car parking garage. Jamil M. Coppin’s Fresh Meadows-based architecture firm is the architect of record. The 80-foot-wide, 8,615-square-foot property is currently vacant. The Jamaica-179th Street stop on the F train is located a block away.
A 12-story, mixed-use tower may fill a parking lot in downtown Jamaica, Queens. Plans have been filed for a 122-foot-tall development at 89-50 164th Street, between 89th and Jamaica avenues.
Queens-based Samiara & Max Holding has filed applications for two three-story, two-family buildings at 170-17 – 170-19 105th Avenue, located on the corner of 171st Street in Jamaica (just east of its downtown). The new buildings will measure 3,358 square feet and 3,322 square feet respectively. Across both, the residential units should average a family-sized 1,202 square feet apiece. In each structure, there will be one unit on the ground floor, followed by another on the second and third floors. Amenities include a rooftop recreation area atop the buildings, a total of three off-street parking spots (two enclosed), and storage space in the cellar. Bakhtiar Shamloo’s Kew Gardens-based Tabriz Design Group is the architect of record. The 5,000-square-foot corner lot is occupied by a two-story house. Demolition permits were filed in April.