Woodside, Elmhurst, and Woodhaven in Queens are suddenly bursting with new residential projects, largely from developers who hope to capture a mix of gentrifiers, longtime residents, and new immigrants. And generous new zoning along Queens Boulevard ensures that nearly all those developments are concentrated along the busy, six-lane artery.
The latest project to arrive on the scene there is 46-02 70th Street, which will rise nine stories at the corner of Queens Boulevard and 70th Street. Permits were first filed last June, and the DOB approved the plans in January. However, the agency has yet to issue construction permits. When we spoke to the project’s architects last month, they told YIMBY that site work would begin soon.
When construction finishes, the building will include 74 apartments and a 394-square-foot retail space on the ground floor. Since they’ll be divided across 51,074 square feet of residential space, average units would clock in at 690 square feet.
Developers in this part of the city often build condos to appeal to Chinese buyers, but builders working on projects like this one have been debating whether to do rentals or condos since the 421-a tax program expired in January. Condos were eligible under the old 421-a law, but they likely won’t qualify for the new version of the tax break.
The development will also have a 37-car underground garage – the minimum required by zoning – and a roof deck. This area isn’t particularly pedestrian friendly, and many future residents will have cars. For people who choose public transit, the closest 7 train stop is about half a mile away at Roosevelt Avenue and 69th Street, and the Woodside LIRR stop is located a mile away.
Xiaoke Tang’s JJ Queens Development LLC is behind the project, and Angelo and Anthony Ng’s Architects’ Studio are designing.