When we think about development in eastern Queens, the bustling, industrial corridor along Atlantic Avenue is not the first place we’d expect to find new residential construction. But yesterday, one developer took the plunge and filed permits for a five-story apartment building with commercial space at 113-02 Atlantic Avenue, in the heart of Richmond Hill.
New building applications call for 41 apartments and 10,176 square feet of ground floor retail. The apartments would be spread across 33,877 square feet of residential space, for units averaging 826 square feet.
Apartments would start on the second floor, with 12 units per story until the fifth, which will only have five units. The cellar would host a 21-car garage to meet the city’s parking requirements, as well as storage space for 21 bikes. The amenities would include a shared roof terrace on the top floor, private balconies on the second floor, and extra amenity space (probably a lounge or gym) in the cellar.
The developer is Zoria Lakhi, also based in Richmond Hill, and Great Neck-based Defonseca Architects will design the project.
The property is currently a car dealership, and sits at the corner of 113th Street.
This part of Queens has a growing population of South Asian immigrants, including Indians, Bangladeshis, Sri Lankans, and Pakistanis. The developer likely hopes to house some of those new arrivals.
Much of the development site changed hands last summer for $2,525,000, but a small corner lot at the western edge of the site last sold for $475,000 in 2014, to a different owner headquartered in Florida.
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