LBA Logistics and RXR Realty have big plans for a 770,000-square foot, multistory logistics center in Maspeth, Queens. A 71,000-square-foot single-story warehouse with 6.5 acres of fleet parking and storage is currently extant at 56-19 Grand Avenue. The new structure will feature 21-foot ceiling heights and nine interior dock positions, and can accommodate a variety of vehicles and equipment. It is already available for lease, with occupancy starting in the second quarter of 2019.
A new developer, doing business as an anonymous Elmhurst-based LLC, is taking over the eight-unit residential development planned at 48-31 through 48-37 65th Street, located in the northern end of Maspeth. New building applications were also filed for four two-story, two-unit residential buildings, closely resembling filings submitted in 2015 by the previous developer. The latest plans call for each two-family building to measure 2,892 square feet. Across all four, the apartments should average 900 square feet apiece. Chang Hwa Tan’s Flushing-based architecture firm is the architect of record. The 8,008-square-foot property is vacant.
The Chetrit Group is in the early stages of planning for a mixed-use project that would rise on the irregularly-shaped, eight-acre property at 57-46 56th Street, in Maspeth. The developer previously sat down with local elected officials to discuss rezoning the property for residential units, according to Crain’s, which would trigger the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP), as the site is currently located within an Industrial Business Zone (IBZ) and zoned for manufacturing. Nothing yet has been formally proposed. Multiple low-rise industrial warehouses occupy the property.
Midtown South-based Shimon Properties has filed applications for four three-story, two-to-three-unit residential buildings at 53-60 – 53-68 61st Street, located on the corner of 54th Avenue in Maspeth. Three of the buildings will measure 3,640 square feet each and contain three apartments apiece. The fourth building will measure 4,360 square feet and will feature 1,270 square feet of medical offices on the ground floor, followed by two apartments on the floors above. Across all four buildings, the units should average 870 square feet apiece. David Nagan’s Fresh Meadows-based King David Architecture is the architect of record. The 10,823-square-foot assemblage is occupied by two single-story rowhouses. Demolition permits were filed in August.
City blocks on the fringes between Queens and Brooklyn tend to be densely built out with low-rise, pre-war housing stock, leaving few empty lots for ground-up development. One such lot at 55-35 Metropolitan Avenue, which separates the neighborhoods of Ridgewood to the south and Maspeth to the north, has sat empty for more than half a century. The new rowhouse, developed by Shaoyun Chen, stands three stories tall, its plain cornice rising slightly above its neighbors. Permits list two residential units taking up 2,396 square feet of the 5,643-square-foot structure. A 1,623-square-foot retail space is located at the lower floor. Though the retail space would be the only one of its kind on the wholly-residential block, it is not out of place, given that most buildings on the other side of the street have ground level retail, as well. The building occupies 60 percent of its site, leaving space for a 35-foot yard in the rear.