Flushing has been booming with new developments, as demand for more space in New York City’s largest Chinatown has continued to increase. Today, YIMBY has the first renderings of another project coming to the neighborhood, at 135-01 35th Avenue, where Stenmax Realty Inc. is planning an eight-story mixed-use building.
The site is being designed by Raymond Chan Architects, and will result in 111,312 gross square feet of space. That will mostly be dedicated to residential, with 91,983 square feet to be divided between 76 units, 22 of which will be income-restricted. There will also be another 12,609 square feet of retail space, and 6,720 square feet of office space.
The sub-cellar of the project would include 68 parking spaces, the cellar will hold the office component and storage for the retail, and the retail will be on the first floor. Floors two through eight will be entirely residential, and the units on the second floor will also have access to a terrace covering the retail’s rooftop.
135-01 35th Avenue is about six blocks north of the Flushing – Main St. stop on the 7 Train, which makes the site handily accessible by transit. The site is currently zoned M1-1, which is why the developers have applied for a rezoning that would allow the location to be designated as R7A/C2-3, which would allow the inclusion of denser residential space.
Current occupants include a variety of supply shops and retail stores, each of which occupy a low-slung one-story structure that is imminently going to be demolished. Despite the impending improvements with regards to density, the design of the new building won’t exactly make it the most attractive newcomer to the neighborhood.
Though the massing of the new building will contribute to the nascent street-walls of the vicinity, there are major irregularities in the envelope that are visually jarring. Glass protrusions will most definitely give residents adequate access to light and views, but their combination with an ordinary grey-brick facade covering the majority of the project beg the question of why the developer did not simply pick one material, or the other.
Had the entirety of the proposal been clad in the grey-brick, with slightly more streamlined massing, the development might even be rather attractive.
As-is, that is not the case, however the density improvement will still be beneficial, and the inclusion of street-front retail will also ensure the streetscape remains lively.
Plans include a tentative 2020 completion date. The rezoning would also allow an eight-story neighboring structure totaling 22,400 square feet to rise, though renderings for that site have not yet been released.