New York City neighborhoods are shaped by a strange patchwork of zoning designed for ideal properties in convenient locations. But thousands of lots don’t fit into a perfect, rectangular mold. They’re irregularly shaped, up against the railroad tracks, in a flood zone, or cross between two different zoning districts. That last situation is what brought an Astoria developer to the City Planning Commission on Monday. Great Neck-based owner George Elliott hopes to build a five-story apartment building at 30-70 38th Street, between 30th and 31st avenues.
Construction is finally wrapping up on a long-stalled four-story, mixed-use building at 19-80 Steinway Street (a.k.a. 19-73 38th Street), in the Ditmars-Steinway section of northern Astoria. DNAinfo reports all of the project’s 83 residential units will rent at below-market rates. The building is dubbed Steinway Estates and its apartments will come in studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom configurations. The ground-floor will contain 17,785 square feet of retail space, 2,400 square feet of medical office space, and a 219-car parking garage. Amenities include 12,000 square feet of storage space, a fitness center, and a laundry in the cellar, in addition to a rooftop terrace. Queens-based Gerald J. Caliendo Architect is the architect of record. Bronx-based Steve Zervoudis is listed as the property owner, and occupancy can probably be expected later this year.
Sal D’amico Construction Inc. has filed applications for a seven-story, 22-unit residential building at 36-08 28th Avenue, in the heart of Astoria, located six blocks from the 30th Avenue stop on the N/Q trains. The new building will encompass 21,451 square feet and its residential units should average 679 square feet apiece, indicative of rental apartments. Amenities will include recreational space on the ground floor and 13 vehicular parking spaces. Great Neck-based Frank Petruso is the architect of record. The 50-foot-wide assemblage at 36-08 – 36-10 28th Avenue is currently occupied by two attached, two-story houses. Demolition permits have not yet been filed.
Queens-based property owner Yun Lee has filed applications for two three-story, three-unit residential buildings at 25-30 – 25-32 22nd Street, in western Astoria, located eight blocks west of the Astoria Boulevard stop on the N and Q trains. The two buildings will measure 2,491 and 2,641 square feet respectively, and the entire development will boast 5,391 square feet of residential space. That works out to average units measuring 899 square feet apiece, the majority of which will be full-floor apartments. Long Island-based Gad Ashoori is the applicant of record. Demolition permits were filed in October to remove an existing two-story house and a single-story garage.
The Durst Organization has just stopped construction on its sprawling megaproject on Hallets Point in Astoria, saying the taxes are “crushing” without the 421-a tax exemption. But developers are still rushing to build along the waterfront in the western Queens neighborhood. Developer Wayne Fried has filed applications for a seven-story, mixed-use building at 30-07 Vernon Boulevard, right next to Hallets Point and the East River.