Jamaica Estates has been largely untouched by the wave of development sweeping through the rest of Jamaica, but new buildings are rising on a small swath at the neighborhood’s southern edge. A tipster sent along these photos of a development rising at 177-16 Wexford Terrace, situated just north of Hillside Avenue between Edgerton Boulevard and Dalny Road. New building permits were approved a year ago, but construction has only reached the seventh story so far.
Brooklyn-based S R Builders has filed applications for a three-story, six-unit residential building at 209 McKinley Avenue, in eastern Cypress Hills, located five blocks from the Grant Avenue stop on the A train. The building will measure 6,080 square feet, which means units will average a relatively spacious 1,013 square feet. Arnold Montag’s Great Neck-based AM/PM Design is the architect of record, and the site’s former two-story wood-frame building was demolished back in 2008.
Property owner Cyrous Akhavan has filed applications for a four-story, six-unit residential building at 727 Lafayette Avenue, in central Bedford-Stuyvesant, three blocks east of the G train’s stop at Nostrand Avenue. The building will measure 5,000 square feet, which means units will average 833 square feet. Russell Dance’s Queens-based RLD3 Engineering is the applicant of record, and the site’s dilapidated two-story predecessor was demolished late last year.
Earlier this year, YIMBY found an on-site drawing for a new development coming to 44 Kent Street, in Greenpoint. The plans were originally created for Cayuga Capital, but the firm sold the property for $8,750,000 last year to an LLC. Now, we can reveal that Pinny and Moishe Loketch of the Loketch Group are the new developers, and the design has also seen major changes, with Nataliya Donskoy’s ND Architecture and Design taking over the project.
As New York City’s development boom pushes further into the outer boroughs, builders are looking for more affordable properties in neighborhoods where few developers have been willing to tread since the city’s real estate market bottomed out in 2009.
But now the area east of Queens College—known as Pomonok or Kew Gardens Hills—is finally seeing some new construction. Bi Yuan Chen, of Flushing-based Parsons Tower LLC, is planning a seven-story apartment building with a daycare at 71-66 Parsons Boulevard, according to applications filed with the Department of Buildings on Friday.