City agencies will soon review amended proposals to redevelop the former Peninsula Hospital site in Edgemere, Queens into an 11-building mixed-use complex. The development’s final scope of work arrives a year after residents and community members were invited to provide commentary and feedback on initial plans.
The buildings are designed by Aufgang Architects and are spread across 9.3 acres of vacant property. If approved, the development would yield a whopping 2,200 residential units. Approximately 1,900 of those units would be restricted to households at or below 80 percent area median income (AMI) with 200 of those for seniors. The remaining 300 units are up to 130% AMI.
The development would also introduce 72,000 square feet of retail space, including a supermarket and possibly a fitness center pending application approval, 77,000 square feet of community facilities programmed for medical use, and a 24,000-square-foot public plaza.
Public commentary largely questioned the projected number of parking spaces, job opportunities for local residents, and the potential impact on local schools considering the great influx of potential residents. In response to these concerns, the development team has increased proposed parking area from 642 to 973 available spaces and has expanded community facility area to 77,000 square feet.
As YIMBY previously reported, Arker Companies and the Northeast Brooklyn Housing Development Corporation purchased the site for $19 million in July of 2016. The pair appear to be behind the new project but are listed in proposal documents as Peninsula Rockaway Limited Partnership.
The project would be financed through a mix of private investments and funding from government agencies or programs related to affordable housing development. If approvals are granted, the completed complex is expected to wrap construction by 2034.