Revealed: 136-72 Roosevelt Avenue

136-72 Roosevelt Avenue136-72 Roosevelt Avenue -- image by Raymond Chan Architect P.C.

While 136-68 Roosevelt Avenue is already under construction, a project that’s significantly larger — and shares the same architect — will soon rise next door. Renderings for 136-72 Roosevelt Avenue have been posted on Raymond Chan’s website, and the site’s developer is Flushing Kent Realty Corp.

Details for the project remain semi-vague given the lack of permits, but the images on Chan’s website are accompanied by text that reveals the site’s scope, and its imminent potential. The U-shaped lot will soon give rise to two 14-story towers, with the entirety of the development spanning 300,000 square feet.

Despite the lack of DOB filings, it would appear that 136-72 Roosevelt Avenue will be primarily geared towards residential, though the development also looks to have a large retail component; apparently current tenants will remain active during the construction process, so the existing buildings may survive in some format.

136-72 Roosevelt Avenue

136-72 Roosevelt Avenue — image from Google Maps

Overall, 136-72 Roosevelt will be a major positive for its block, which is dominated by low-slung structures. Flushing has enormous growth potential — as plans for the municipal parking lot make clear — and the neighborhood’s expansion is being led by infill development. 300,000 square feet is slightly above the typical infill project, but the new buildings will still be contextual to the site’s surrounds.

The appearance of the two-towered development will be glassy and contemporary, with renderings depicting greenery interspersed along setbacks. Not every project has a starchitect budget, and 136-72 Roosevelt seems to make do; the most unfortunate aspect will be blank lot-line walls between the mid-rises. Though aesthetically unfortunate, they will inevitably be covered by future infill development — at the heart of the ‘U’ assemblage — so their presence will be temporary.

No completion date for the site has been announced.

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