The Forest Hills-based Cord Meyer Development Corporation has filed applications for a two-story, 6,063-square-foot commercial-retail building at 90-16 Queens Boulevard, in Elmhurst. The project will contain 5,985 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor for a jewelry store, which, according to the Schedule A, will be a Jared’s. Accessory offices will also be located on the ground floor, and mechanical equipment will take up the upper level. Nocholas Zalany’s Cleveland, Ohio-based Jencen Architecture is the architect of record. The 37-foot-tall structure will rise on a 26,232-square-foot wedge-shaped property bound by Queens Boulevard and Hoffman Drive. A two-story commercial building occupied by a Sears Auto Center currently sits on the site. Demolition permits were filed in March. The site is located right above the Woodhaven Boulevard stop on the M and R trains.
Song Lin, doing business as an anonymous Elmhurst-based company, has filed applications for two three-story, multi-family residential buildings at 94-28 – 94-30 51st Avenue, in Elmhurst. One will measure 3,840 square feet and contain three full-floor units, while the other will measure 3,360 square feet and contain two units, one spanning two floors and the second a single floor. Across both buildings, the apartments should average 964 square feet apiece, which means family-sized units are in the works. Chang Hwa Tan’s Flushing-based Tan Architect is the architect of record. The 50-foot-wide, 5,012-square-foot property is currently occupied by a two-and-a-half-story house. Demolition permits were filed in April. The site is located five blocks from the Grand Avenue-Newtown stop on the M and R trains.
Woodside, Elmhurst, and Woodhaven in Queens are suddenly bursting with new residential projects, largely from developers who hope to capture a mix of gentrifiers, longtime residents, and new immigrants. And generous new zoning along Queens Boulevard ensures that nearly all those developments are concentrated along the busy, six-lane artery. The latest project to arrive on the scene there is 46-02 70th Street, which will rise nine stories at the corner of Queens Boulevard and 70th Street.
Property owner Chang Xiong Chen has filed applications for four two- to three-family residential buildings at 76-09 – 76-15 45th Avenue, in northern Elmhurst, located seven blocks from the Elmhurst Avenue stop on the M/R trains. The two inner buildings will be three-story, two-family houses, each measuring 2,415 square feet. They will be bookended by three-story, three-family buildings, each of which will measure 3,905 square feet. Across the entire development, the apartments – coming in full-floor and multi-floor layouts – should average 901 square feet apiece. Dezhang Fang’s Flushing-based Fang Architect is the architect of record. At nos. 76-11 and 76-15, two two-and-a-half-story houses must first be demolished. Permits were filed to do so back in August of 2015.
Construction is finally wrapping up on the Queens Library’s reconstructed three-story, 30,515-square-foot Elmhurst branch at 86-07 Broadway (a.k.a. 86-01 51st Avenue), located two blocks north of the Grand Av-Newtown stop on the M/R trains. The building will open in the fall, once the interiors get completed and furnished, DNAinfo reported. The library will host study areas, classrooms, an assembly hall, and storage rooms. Construction began on the library back in 2012 and was initially expected to open a year later. Sandro Marpillero’s TriBeCa-based Marpillero Pollak Architects is behind the design. The city’s Department of Design and Construction is leading the project.