Some of the most densely populated neighborhoods in Queens are nestled along its eponymous central arterial roadway, 7.2-mile-long Queens Boulevard. However, around its midsection, between Grand Avenue/Broadway to the east and Greenpoint Avenue/Roosevelt Avenue to the west, the subway temporarily veers north of the 200-foot-wide the thoroughfare. This portion is much less developed than neighborhoods on either side. Apart from a dense residential cluster in central Woodside, almost all of this stretch is decidedly anti-pedestrian and thinly developed, replete with low-slung commercial properties, such as auto shops and parking lots. The 11-story, residential Elmhurst Building, on which construction is wrapping up at 70-32 Queens Boulevard, now stands as the tallest on a two-mile stretch of the boulevard between Rego Park and Woodside. Although modestly-sized by the standards of the city skyline, the solitary stack towers like a Saguaro cactus over a desert. However, change is in the air as a wave of development is sweeping the area. Enabled by a 2006 neighborhood upzoning and fueled by an acute housing shortage, the new projects will transform the barren district into the urban neighborhood that it ought to be.
Construction is now two stories above street level on the 41-story, 223-unit mixed-use building under development at 38-46 West 33rd Street, in Midtown South. The construction progress can be seen thanks to photos posted to the YIMBY Forums by user nyc1. The new building will encompass 220,724 square feet and will top out at 465-feet-tall. There will be 5,721 square feet of ground-floor retail space, followed by residential units averaging 818.6 square feet apiece, which is indicative of rental apartments. The residential amenities are listed in YIMBY’s update in January, when foundation work was underway. The Torkian Group is the developer and Stephen B. Jacobs Group is behind the architecture. Completion is expected in 2017.
RXR Realty has acquired, for $28.7 million, the leasehold of the development site at 810 Fulton Street, in southern Fort Greene, from GFI Development, Crain’s reported. The previous developer’s plans for a 12-story, 363-unit mixed-use building, filed back in 2014, are what the new developer intends to construct. The city has approved an air rights transfer that will allow the project to grow from seven stories (as-of-right) to 12. The Buildings Department is still in the process of giving those plans the green light, according to the latest filings. The most recent permits indicate the structure will measure 328,047 square feet. Of that, 32,358 square feet will be ground-floor retail, followed by rental apartments on the floors above. The units should average 815 square feet apiece and 20 percent (73 units) will rent at below-market rates. GFI technically worked on the a part of the project’s foundation before the 421-a expired, which means RXR can still benefit from the tax break. Aufgang Architects is behind the design. Construction will resume in the fall, with completion expected by 2019.
Property owner Robert Germano, doing business as an anonymous Staten Island-based company, has filed applications for twin two-story, two-family residential buildings at 5428-5430 Amboy Road, in Huguenot. That located along the South Shore of Staten Island. They will measure 5,234 square feet each. Each structure will have a single unit on the ground floor, followed by a second unit across a mezzanine level and the second floor. Across both houses, the residential units should average a family-sized 1,832 square feet apiece. Anthony Scaglione’s Staten Island-based Scaglione Architects is the architect of record. The 80-foot-wide, 13,943-square-foot assemblage is currently vacant. Single- and two-story houses were demolished last month. The neighborhood’s Staten Island Railway station is located around the corner.
Triangle Assets has filed applications for two three-story, two-family residential buildings at 1433-1441 East 10th Street, in southern Midwood. They will each measure an enormous 15,200 square feet, which means the apartments will be very big. There will be 9,000 square feet of residential space in each, with one unit located on the ground floor and the second unit located on the second and third floors. Across both, there will be a total of five off-street parking spaces. Sandor Weiss’s Brooklyn-based firm Gelu Durus Musica is the architect of record. The 120-foot-wide, 12,000-square-foot assemblage is currently vacant. The Avenue M stop on the Q train is six blocks away.