The city’s Parks Department is planning to move forward with transforming the vacant lot at 50-02 39th Avenue, located on the of 50th Street in Sunnyside, into a public park. The city recently designated $3 million to acquire the property from its owner, DBH Associates, DNAinfo reported. DBH acquired the plot in 2007 for $1.45 million and is open to selling the property. The owner attempted to built a two-story, eight-unit apartment building at the site, but the Landmarks Preservation Commission disapproved the plans in 2014. The site is located within the Sunnyside Gardens Historic District, which means the design of the park (and its structural elements) will have to be approved by the LPC.
Normally, when YIMBY hears about development in eastern Queens, it’s happening in Flushing or Jamaica. But over the weekend, we stumbled across permits for a new apartment building in Briarwood, a middle-class neighborhood wedged between Jamaica and Kew Gardens.
Ampiera Group’s eight-story, 36-unit mixed-use project under construction at 24-12 42nd Road is now six stories above street level, as seen in photos taken last Friday by JC_Heights and posted to the YIMBY Forums. The structure will eventually encompass 49,050 square feet. It will include 4,328 square feet of ground-floor retail space and will host condominium units averaging 817 square feet apiece. Amenities will include private residential storage units, bicycle storage space, outdoor space on the second floor, and a rooftop terrace. John K. Yung’s Flushing-based MY Architect is behind the design. In April, the structure was having its ground floor poured and had risen five stories in height. The structure can be expected to top out later this summer, with occupancy probably coming for sometime in late 2016 or early 2017.
Flushing-based property owner Tar Wook Chang, doing business as an anonymous LLC, has filed applications for a two-story, three-unit mixed-use building at 162-17 46th Avenue, in East Flushing. The structure will measure 10,824 square feet. It will contain 3,150 square feet of office space on the ground floor, followed by three residential units on the second floor. The apartments should average 1,050 square feet apiece, indicative of family-sized configurations. There will also be a billiard parlor in the cellar level, storage space, and three off-street parking spots. Iljoong Kim’s Flushing-based Choi Design is the architect of record. The 6,000-square-foot site, located on the corner of 163rd Street, is currently occupied by a two-and-a-half-story wood-framed structure. The Long Island Rail Road’s Broadway station is located five blocks to the north.
Foundation work is now underway on the site of a long-stalled-out hotel development at 36-18 Main Street, in Downtown Flushing. YIMBY can bring you news of the construction thanks to a photo posted to the YIMBY Forums by JC_Heights. Building permits for the project, which date back to 2004, detail plans for a two-tower, 12-story multi-use commercial complex that encompasses 290,195 square feet. Commercial-retail space will be located on the ground through forth floors in a common podium. One of the towers will contain a 148-key Hotel Indigo on the fifth through 11th floors. The other tower will feature medical offices on the fifth through 11th floors. The complex will also feature restaurants on the third and 12th floors. It will be served by a 345-car underground garage and have storage for 31 bikes. JWC Architect Engineer is the architect of record, while CMA Landmark Associates is developing. Completion is expected in 2018, per a Queens Courier update from 2014.