A year and a half ago, YIMBY spotted permits for a sizable mixed-use development that would replace a grocery store at 42-76 Main Street, on the southern edge of Flushing. Today, we have a look at the modern building on the corner of Blossom Avenue, which is designed by InFocus Design and Planning.
The plans have changed slightly since they were filed in February 2015. The development will have fewer, but larger, apartments—39 units instead of 47. They’ll be divided across 42,247 square feet of residential space, for typical units that measure 1,083 square feet. The supermarket will return in an 11,270-square-foot space on the ground floor. Then 11,775 square feet of medical offices will fill the second floor. Residential units will begin on the third floor, with 10, and the number of units will slowly decrease until the top floor, which will have five units.
One of the top floor apartments will be a duplex, and several units will get glassed-in balconies.
The basement will host a 115-car garage—far more parking than the city requires. But developers in Flushing know that parking is in demand, and drivers will happily pay for public parking there.
The developer is Good Fortune Realty of New York, headed by Kuanhe Wu. The firm gets a zoning bonus (extra residential space) and a tax break for replacing the grocery store, thanks to New York City’s FRESH program.
While this site isn’t exactly in downtown Flushing, it’s only five blocks from the Main Street stops on the 7 train and the Long Island Rail Road. The Queens Botanical Garden is also two blocks to the south.