As the new Hunters Point Library nears completion, another new library in Queens is open to the public. On Tuesday, the Elmhurst Community Library, a branch of the Queens Library, opened its doors.
A new mixed-use development is coming to Roosevelt Avenue in western Queens, which divides Elmhurst from Jackson Heights. The seven-story project would replace a collection of small shops and restaurants at 77-02 Roosevelt Avenue, on the corner of 77th Street and in the shadow of the elevated 7 train.
An undisclosed buyer has acquired, for $13 million, the 28,350-square-foot development site at 159-18 Northern Boulevard, located between 159th and 160th streets in Flushing’s Murray Hill section. The site is currently occupied by a two-story commercial building, a former branch of Flushing Bank, Crain’s reported. If the existing structure is demolished, the site could accommodate a maximum 56,700 square feet of development. Nearly 38,273 square feet could be used as residential space, whereas up to 28,350 square feet could be commercial space. Any amount, up to 56,700 square feet, could be used as community facility space. Plans for the site have not been disclosed.
Long Island City is set to become a hub for office development in the outer boroughs. While some builders hope to put up massive commercial towers like One Court Square, others are creating office space in the neighborhood’s warehouses and loft buildings. One developer, Caerus Group, decided to convert and expand a two-story industrial building at 11-20 46th Road, a few short blocks from Court Square.
A rendering has been revealed of the nine-story, 29-unit mixed-use building under development at 41-21 23rd Street, in the Court Square section of Long Island City. The image was spotted on-site by The Court Square Blog. The latest building permits indicate the new structure will measure 33,233 square feet and rise 92 feet to its main roof, excluding bulkhead elements. There will be 1,493 square feet of retail space across the ground and cellar levels, followed by 29 apartments across the second through ninth floors. The units should average 799 square feet apiece. Great Neck, N.Y.-based property owner Amir Haghani is the developer and Michael Kang’s Flushing-based firm is the architect. Completion is expected in early 2018.