Alma Realty Heads Out to Kew Gardens Hills, Files Plans at 152-26 Union Turnpike

152-26 Union Turnpike, image via Google Maps152-26 Union Turnpike, image via Google Maps

Alma Realty is working on two huge projects along the Astoria waterfront, and now they are venturing much farther east in the borough, to the middle-class neighborhood of Kew Gardens Hills, Queens. The Long Island City-based builder has filed plans for a seven-story residential building at 152-26 Union Turnpike, between 152nd and 153rd streets.

The development would rise on a large parking lot in front of the Village Mall at Hillcrest complex, a 14-story, three-building condo project built in 1973. The new building applications reveal that Alma Hopes to build 52 apartments across 45,170 square feet of residential space, for a decently sized average unit of 868 square feet. We suspect that the building will be condos, like its neighbors.

The plans also call for a garage with 53 parking spots—slightly more than one for each apartment. For what it’s worth, the outdated zoning there requires 36 parking spots for 52 apartments. Since this is a condo project in a car-dependent area of Queens, it’s typical for a developer to build as much parking as they think they’ll need. Unfortunately, the closest subway stop is a mile away.

Astoria-based architect Georgios G. Georgopolous applied for the permits.

The public records don’t offer much explanation about how or when Alma acquired the 16,000-square-foot parking lot from the Village Mall condo association. However, it appears that the company acquired the property for an undisclosed amount in 1990.

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1 Comment on "Alma Realty Heads Out to Kew Gardens Hills, Files Plans at 152-26 Union Turnpike"

  1. Parking spots needed for comfort life, and vehicles are necessary in rush hour now a day.

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