News broke earlier this month that a developer is looking to build a 12-story mixed-use building at 107-18 70th Road, in Forest Hills, and renderings of the project have since surfaced. According to DNAinfo, the new building is being designed by Morali Architects. As previously reported, the 120-foot-tall structure would require a variance from the city as zoning currently only allows for new developments of up to 80 feet. The developer, who remains anonymous, is planning to transfer air rights to the site, which is currently occupied by a strip of single-story restaurants, known as “Restaurant Row.” The project would have ground-floor retail space with new restaurants and residential units on the upper floors. A tentative completion date is being pegged at 2019.
Developer Atlas Capital Group LLC, which done work across the country, has acquired the 276,705-square-foot warehouse at 23-30 Borden Avenue, in southern Long Island City, for $48 million. Bloomberg Business reports the warehouse serves as the home of Fresh Direct LLC, an online grocer, although the company will soon move to a new location currently being constructed in the Bronx. The Long Island City site is located within a manufacturing zone (M3-2) and currently yields 129,847 square feet of additional development rights under current zoning. But that could change if the developer initiates a zoning change or if the city moves forward with a general rezoning of the area, which could possibly allow for residential units to be built in this industrial section. Who is behind Atlas Capital Group, LLC? That will remain a mystery until the sale is complete.
Developers are slowly starting to pay attention to Kew Gardens, a middle-class neighborhood in eastern Queens with a burgeoning immigrant population. The latest proof comes in the form of a new building application for an eight-story apartment building at 83-67 116th Street, just east of Forest Park.
In August of 2014, YIMBY reported on applications for an 11-story, 56-unit residential building at 11-51 47th Avenue (a.k.a. 13-33 Jackson Avenue), in the Hunters Point section of Long Island City, located directly above the 21st Street – Van Alst Avenue stop on the G train. Then last December, YIMBY reported that excavation was imminent following the demolition of the site’s former two-story warehouse. Now, the New York Times has the latest details on the Fogarty Finger-designed project, which will be clad in exposed concrete and industrial-esque windows. We also have a few words from Chris Fogarty himself, Director of Fogarty Finger.
Three of the city’s top officials in transportation, housing, and economic development laid out the details of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s controversial plan to build a streetcar line along the waterfront from Sunset Park, Brooklyn to Astoria, Queens during a meeting with reporters on Friday.