Last October, we announced a proposal for a seven-story mixed-use building at 71-66 Parsons Boulevard in eastern Queens, put forth by Bi Yuan Chen of Parsons Tower LLC. Quite a lot has been done on the 55-unit project since then, and structural completion is very close. Facade work is expected to start in the near future. Zhong Wang Construction Inc. is listed as the general contractor.
According to building permits , the structure’s 68,961 square feet are split between 36,942 square feet of residential space, an 11,384-square-foot daycare, and 28 indoor parking spaces. The structure occupies 60 percent of the 12,464-square-foot lot, with a yard taking up the rear of the property. In contrast to the mid-century “towers-in-the-park” developments to the north and west, the positioning of 71-66 Parsons Boulevard is more traditionally urban, as the structure rises directly from the sidewalk. The design, produced by Tan Architect PC, is articulated in red brick, accented with limestone trim and window lintels. The slab form is distinguished with two setbacks at either corner, as well as five bays of balconies along the street-facing facade.
Prior to construction, a single-story bungalow fronted by a large yard occupied the majority of the site. The suburban-style property was severely underbuilt even by the general lower-density standards of eastern Queens. While the new building faces rowhomes across the boulevard, its scale matches the mid-rise housing, averaging between six and nine floors, which comprises the majority of Pomonok. The relatively compact neighborhood boasts a mini-skyline of its own, crowned by the 25-story Electchester Towers that rise a couple of blocks northeast of 71-66 Parsons. The two buildings stand as the most prominent structures between Flushing to the north and Jamaica to the south.