The Beach 21st Street project, a 226,000-square-foot mixed-use building, will soon break ground as part of the city’s Downtown Far Rockaway Rezoning and Roadmap for Action. The long-running initiative was conceived by Mayor Bill de Blasio to encourage new retail, housing, and investment opportunities in southeastern Queens.
Led by non-profit real estate developer The Community Builders, Beach 21st Street will create 224 rent-restricted affordable apartments. Residents will have access to a fitness room with a kid-friendly area, a rooftop walking track with ocean views, on-site laundry, and a community room with access to a landscaped rooftop terrace above the second floor. An on-site parking lot will accommodate approximately 90 resident-only vehicles.
According to Urban Architectural Initiatives, the architects behind Beach 21st Street, the ground floor of the building is designed to activate a newly constructed public plaza immediately adjacent to the project site with a mix of retail and dining destinations. Those additional components include 24,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial area and 8,000 square feet of community facilities. The latter is expected to include a 6,300-square-foot daycare and early childhood center with a private outdoor play area, and a 1,000-square-foot vocational training center.
The project team has not yet confirmed a construction timeline.