When we think about development in eastern Queens, the bustling, industrial corridor along Atlantic Avenue is not the first place we’d expect to find new residential construction. But yesterday, one developer took the plunge and filed permits for a five-story apartment building with commercial space at 113-02 Atlantic Avenue, in the heart of Richmond Hill.
Queens-based property owner Bryan Tavarez has filed applications for four three-story, two-unit residential buildings at 85-39 – 85-47 Lefferts Boulevard, in Richmond Hill, located three blocks from the 121st Street stop on the J/Z trains. From north to south, two of the houses will measure 2,835 square feet each and will contain a single unit across the basement and the second levels with the second unit will taking up the third level. The third and fourth houses will measure 1,750 and 2,640 square feet respectively. The smaller building will have a similar layout to the buildings to the north. The larger one will feature a 293-square-foot doctors office on the first level and full-floor units on the next two floors. Fresh Meadows-based King David Architecture is the architect of record. The site is currently occupied by a two-and-a-half-story house, and demolition permits were filed in February.
Property owner Sukhjinder Singh has filed applications for a four-story, nine-unit mixed-use building at 110-12 101st Avenue, in Richmond Hill, located two blocks north of the 111th Street stop on the A train. The 9,970 square-foot project, to rise on a 50-foot-wide vacant lot, will include a 1,006 square-foot ground-floor retail component. The residential units will begin on the second floor and average 996 square feet apiece. Affordable family-sized units are likely in the works here. Edward Hicks’ Flushing-based architecture firm is the applicant of record.
The owner of the two-story commercial building at 115-06 Myrtle Avenue, in Richmond Hill, just four blocks from the J train’s stop at 111th Street, is looking to sell the property as a development site, according to Commercial Observer. Suzuki Capital is marketing the site, which has 26,524 square feet of building potential, but that figure increases to 70,000 square feet with inclusionary housing. The assemblage consists of four parcels and is expected to sell for between $4.5 and $5.3 million.
Three years ago, the city downzoned Richmond Hill, a working and middle-class area filled with one- and two-family homes just south of the Jamaica rail yards in eastern Queens. But they upzoned a commercial corridor on 101st Avenue, and one developer has decided to stake a claim there by filing plans for five small apartment buildings.