City blocks on the fringes between Queens and Brooklyn tend to be densely built out with low-rise, pre-war housing stock, leaving few empty lots for ground-up development. One such lot at 55-35 Metropolitan Avenue, which separates the neighborhoods of Ridgewood to the south and Maspeth to the north, has sat empty for more than half a century. The new rowhouse, developed by Shaoyun Chen, stands three stories tall, its plain cornice rising slightly above its neighbors. Permits list two residential units taking up 2,396 square feet of the 5,643-square-foot structure. A 1,623-square-foot retail space is located at the lower floor. Though the retail space would be the only one of its kind on the wholly-residential block, it is not out of place, given that most buildings on the other side of the street have ground level retail, as well. The building occupies 60 percent of its site, leaving space for a 35-foot yard in the rear.
Queens-based Tim Kris Holdings Inc. has filed applications for a four-story, eight-unit residential building at 94-07 101st Avenue, in Ozone Park. The structure will measure 7,000 square feet and its residential units should average 700 square feet apiece, indicative of rental apartments. Each floor of the will host two apartments, and there will be storage space in the cellar. New Hyde Park, N.Y.-based John J. Glavic is the applicant of record. The 28-foot-wide, 2,800-square-foot lot is currently occupied by a two-story office building. Demolition permits haven’t yet been filed. The Rockaway Boulevard stop on the A train is located three blocks to the south.
Queens-based property owner Lakhwinder Singh has filed applications for three two-story, two-family houses at 131-03 – 131-09 133rd Street, in South Ozone Park. Two of them will measure 3,020 square feet, while the third will measure a slightly smaller 2,856 square feet. Across all three, their full-floor residential units should average 898 square feet apiece, indicative of smaller family-sized configurations. Giuseppe Bonomo’s Staten Island-based Design Build Staten Island Inc. is the architect of record. The 9,000-square-foot lot, located on the corner of 131st Avenue, is currently partially occupied by a two-story house. Demolition permits haven’t yet been filed. The site is located just blocks from the northern edge of John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Most of the new construction in Long Island City dwarfs what it replaces, whether the new buildings are 50-story towers or mid-rise apartment buildings. However, every once in a while, someone tears down a wood frame house to build a slightly larger townhouse.
Saeed Bloorian, doing business as Jamaica-based Inwood Home, has filed applications for two two-story, two-family houses at 193-20 120th Avenue and 120-10 194th Street, in St. Albans. The house fronting 120th Avenue, also located on the corner of 194th Street, will measure 3,498 square feet. There will be one unit per floor along with two off-street parking spots. The house fronting 194th Street, located behind the first house, will measure a slightly smaller 3,375 square feet. It will boast the same configurations as the first and will also come with two off-street parking spots. Barry J. Bank’s Kew Gardens-based consulting engineering firm is the applicant of record. The assemblage measures 7,500 square feet in total. An existing dilapidated house must first be demolished.