The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HDP) has held meetings with community members of Edgemere, Queens, in an effort to revive the significantly disinvested and Hurricane Sandy-ravaged area. Edgemere is the neighborhood located between Beach 35th Street and Beach 50th Street, in the Rockaways. HDP has drafted a wish list for the neighborhood, which includes a bird sanctuary, playgrounds/park spaces, and retail corridors, according to the Wall Street Journal. The entire area is also in a flood zone, and both the city, who owns many vacant lots in the neighborhood, and home owners share the same concern for flood protection measures. Proposals for the area, which could include a rezoning that supports mixed-use corridors, densification, and/or affordable housing, are expected to be released this summer. The area is large and suburban in nature and benefits from stops on the A train at Beach 36th and Beach 44th streets.
In August of 2015, foundation work kicked off for the 27-story, 120-unit mixed-use building at 27-21 44th Drive, in the Court Square section of Long Island City. Now, the project is 16 stories above street level and rising, The Court Square Blog reports. It will eventually encompass 144,687 square feet, 5,850 square feet of which will be utilized as ground-floor retail space. The residential units above should average 883 square feet apiece, which means they could be either rental apartments or condominiums. Amenities include a 28-car garage in the cellar, bike storage space, a fitness center, a playroom, and an outdoor recreation area with an indoor lounge on the top floor. Silvercup Properties is the developer, while GF55 Partners is handling the design. Completion is expected in late 2017.
The 30,102-square foot lot between 41-02 and 41-10 Crescent Street, under the permit address of 41-08 Crescent, has been cleared for construction of an 189-foot-tall, 17-story mixed-use residential and hotel project. It is being developed by Forte Italia LLC, with Bayside-based Park Side Construction Builders serving as the general contractor. Dan Ionescu Architects is in charge of the design. The site is owned by Flushing-based TPEC Management. Completion is anticipated in 2020.
The city’s School Construction Authority has filed applications to expand the Academy for Excellence Through the Arts campus (AEA/P.S. Q303), at 108-55 69th Avenue, in northern Forest Hills, located six blocks north of the Forest Hills-71st Av stop on the E/F/M/R trains. A new two-story, 60,065-square-foot school will be built on the site’s eastern end at 68-60 110th Street. The cellar level will host classrooms, a gymnasium, an auditorium, a cafeteria, and storage space, followed by more classrooms, a library, and addition storage space on the ground floor. The second floor will host administrative offices, classrooms, and additional storage space. Edgar Rawlings’ Lower East Side-based Rawlings Architects will be designing the building.
Taneshwar Sukhdeo, doing business as an anonymous Ozone Park-based LLC, has filed applications for a three-story, three-unit residential building, at 142-37 Rockaway Boulevard, in South Jamaica. The new building will measure 4,260 square feet and its residential units should average a spacious 1,065 square feet apiece, indicative of family-sized configurations. Each of the apartments will span a full floor. Olabanji B. Awosika’s Jamaica-based Banji Awosika Architect is the architect of record. The 34-foot-wide, 2,910-square-foot lot is currently vacant.