Four detached wood-frame houses near downtown Jamaica may bite the dust for a sizable residential building. Plans were filed last week to erect eight stories of apartments on the site where the houses currently stand, at 89-07 148th Street. The 74-foot-tall development would rise between 89th and 90th Avenues, a block west of Rufus King Park and across the street from the monolithic Queens Civil Court building. The building would have 97 apartments squeezed into 64,509 square feet of residential space, for average units measuring a rental-sized 665 square feet.
Chang Hwa Tan
Elmhurst is quickly becoming Queens’ second Chinatown after Flushing, and development has followed on the heels of the neighborhood’s booming Asian immigrant population. The latest example comes from 51-20 Van Loon Street, at the corner of Queens Boulevard.
The Sunset Park waterfront in Brooklyn is one of New York’s last true industrial zones. Part of warehouse-lined shoreline has been developed into a park, and the World War I-era Bush Terminal complex has been transformed into office space for creative and tech companies. But as one travels south toward the Brooklyn Army Terminal, there are still trucking companies, construction supply businesses, paint manufacturers, and auto repair shops. And like every other up-and-coming industrial zone in this city, hotels are slowly replacing small commercial businesses here. YIMBY recently spotted plans for a mixed-use hotel and medical office building at 4913 Second Avenue, on the corner of 50th Street.
The city is about to rezone 11 industrial blocks along the heavily polluted Flushing Creek in western Flushing. But one developer has already filed new building applications for an eight-story, mixed-use project at 134-16 36th Road, on the corner of Prince Street and in the middle of the soon-to-be-upzoned piece of eastern Queens.
Property owner Ruo Ruo Yang has filed applications for a seven-story, eight-unit residential building at 37-34 89th Street, in Jackson Heights, right around the corner from the 7 train’s stop at 90th Street and Elmhurst Avenue. The building will total 8,595 square feet, and units will average 1,074 square feet apiece. Chang Hwa Tan’s Flushing-based Tan Architect is designing, and permits were filed earlier this month to demolish an existing two-story home.