The eco-friendly form of construction known as passive house is still rare in New York City. It saves building owners more money in the long run by cutting down on energy costs. But construction costs developers more up front, because passive house demands a special kind of ventilation system, several additional inches of insulation, and extra thick windows. Few affordable housing developers are willing to take on the challenge, but HANAC—an organization that builds senior housing throughout Queens—has decided to make its low-income project in Corona a passive house building.
Ken Cheung, doing business as an anonymous LLC, has filed applications for two four-story, four-unit residential buildings at 94-66 – 94-68 45th Avenue, in Corona, located seven blocks south of the 7 train’s stop at Junction Boulevard. Each building will measure 6,520 square feet, which means full-floor units will average a relatively spacious 1,630 square feet, indicative of condos. An Shen Ma’s Flushing-based architectural firm is the architect of record, and the site’s two-story predecessor was demolished in 2008.
Anthony Federici, doing business as AFMM LLC, has filed applications for a four-story, eight-unit residential building at 57-27 Granger Street, in Corona, a few blocks north of the LIE and a slew of bus lines. The building will measure 6,688 square feet, and units will average 836 square feet. Queens-based Gerald Caliendo is the architect of record, and demolition kicked off on the existing recessed two-story home late last month.
As the de Blasio administration pushes forward with its plan to build 80,000 units of affordable housing, more filings have surfaced for city-owned vacant lots, like this one at 54-15 101st in Corona, not far from Flushing Meadows Park. New building applications have been filed to erect an eight-story senior housing development there, between Lewis and Martense Avenues.
Haibin Chen, doing business as an anonymous LLC, has filed applications for a four-story, five-unit residential building at 50-26 101st Street, in Corona, just around the block from the Rego Park-bound Q38 bus stop. The building will total 4,723 square feet, which means units will average 945 square feet apiece. Yuk Lam’s Fresh Meadows-based Lam Engineer is the applicant of record, and an existing two-story house will have to be demolished.