Jamaica’s housing market is slowly recovering, and the latest sign of new growth comes in the form of a six-story apartment building planned at 153-11 90th Avenue, between Rufus King Park and Parsons Boulevard in downtown Jamaica.
The 65-foot-tall development will fill a long-vacant lot bookended by two pre-war brick apartment blocks. New building applications filed earlier today call for 10 apartments split between 8,700 square feet of residential space, yielding reasonably sized average units of 870 square feet.
The first floor and cellar will offer a 1,600-square-foot day care for children between the ages of 2 and 6, and the second through sixth floors will each house two apartments. Renters will also get to take advantage of a 357-square-foot roof deck.
The Schedule A refers to the apartments as “HDCP” residential units, which we assume means they are partially subsidized or supportive housing.
The developer on the permits is Xing Hua Lin, doing business as a Jamaica-based LLC, and engineer Hui Zheng of ABC Engineering applied for the permit.
Although this project will rise on one of Jamaica’s quiet side streets, future residents will still be able to walk a few blocks to shops on Jamaica or Hillside Avenues. There are also two train stops within three blocks—the E and F at Parsons Boulevard, to the north, or the E, J, and Z trains at Jamaica Center to the south.
The 3,000-square-foot property last changed hands for $860,000 last month, or roughly $71 per buildable square foot. Before that, the city sold the property in a tax lien sale in 2012.
There are a few significant developments underway near the Jamaica railyards and the Air Train a few blocks away, and they may have attracted smaller projects like this one. Those large projects include BRP Companies’ massive Crossing at Jamaica Station, a 27-story Hilton Garden Inn on Sutphin Boulevard and an 18-story hotel on Archer Avenue.