Two more applications have been filed that would replace another single-family structure in the neighborhood of Rego Park, and Laurelton, an even rarer vacant lot, in central and eastern Queens, respectively. The burgeoning demand for residential units makes it more attractive to redevelop lots that would otherwise remain single-family homes.
The property owner of the single-family home at 63-33 Alderton Street, in Rego Park, has filed applications for a two-story, two-family building measuring 2,405 square feet. The existing structure will be utilized and expanded upon during construction, and Chang Hwa Tan is designing.
And two blocks from Laurelton’s LIRR stop, at the vacant lot 225-06 Mentone Avenue, the property owner has filed applications for a two-story, two-unit residential building measuring 1,620 square feet. Askon Architects is designing.
Although redevelopment in the outer reaches of Queens is appreciated, higher-density, multi-family construction should be encouraged through rezoning. Currently, FAR is extremely limited, and these types of projects are greatly restricted.