Jamaica Estates has been largely untouched by the wave of development sweeping through the rest of Jamaica, but new buildings are rising on a small swath at the neighborhood’s southern edge. A tipster sent along these photos of a development rising at 177-16 Wexford Terrace, situated just north of Hillside Avenue between Edgerton Boulevard and Dalny Road. New building permits were approved a year ago, but construction has only reached the seventh story so far.
Earlier this year, YIMBY found an on-site drawing for a new development coming to 44 Kent Street, in Greenpoint. The plans were originally created for Cayuga Capital, but the firm sold the property for $8,750,000 last year to an LLC. Now, we can reveal that Pinny and Moishe Loketch of the Loketch Group are the new developers, and the design has also seen major changes, with Nataliya Donskoy’s ND Architecture and Design taking over the project.
As New York City’s development boom pushes further into the outer boroughs, builders are looking for more affordable properties in neighborhoods where few developers have been willing to tread since the city’s real estate market bottomed out in 2009.
But now the area east of Queens College—known as Pomonok or Kew Gardens Hills—is finally seeing some new construction. Bi Yuan Chen, of Flushing-based Parsons Tower LLC, is planning a seven-story apartment building with a daycare at 71-66 Parsons Boulevard, according to applications filed with the Department of Buildings on Friday.
New development rarely arrives in Forest Hills, Queens, thanks to restrictive zoning and a densely built landscape of co-op buildings and single-family homes. But the city upzoned a small piece of the picturesque neighborhood just south of Queens Boulevard in 2009.
Development sites in East Harlem are disappearing fast, as investors snap up the neighborhood’s once-derelict lots and vacant buildings. But one developer managed to snag a vacant lot at 228 East 118th Street, between Second and Third Avenues. New building applications were filed earlier today to erect a seven-story apartment building on the 55-foot-wide lot.