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 bustling blocks of the mid to upper-40s are a bit of an urban oddity, existing within the low-rise confines of Hell’s Kitchen, but abutting the skyscraper canyons of Midtown. And while most of the area is already built-out, a few opportunities for infill both large and small still exist, like at 343 West 47th Street, where an existing structure from 1920 is now being renovated and expanded.
Harlem’s renaissance has accelerated in recent years, and large new developments are now seemingly rising all over the neighborhood, from the 125th Street corridor down to East River Plaza. But opportunities for small-scale infill remain in abundance, and YIMBY can now reveal one such project set to rise at 42 East 132nd Street, between Madison and Park, designed by Melamed Architect PC.
Last winter, YIMBY reported on plans to convert the single-story church at 198 St. Nicholas Avenue, on the Bushwick-Ridgewood border, into a four-story, six-unit residential building. The project is located four blocks from the DeKalb Avenue stop on the L train, and will technically be broken up into two three-unit buildings, although will appear as a single structure. Units will average north of 1,000 square feet apiece. Home Zone Corp. is developing, and Melamed Architect is designing.
The biggest church-to-residential conversion going on in Brooklyn is 626 Bushwick Avenue, a Cayuga Capital project to append a seven-story, 99-unit apartment building onto the old St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bushwick, with its distinctive green spire….