Some of the most densely populated neighborhoods in Queens are nestled along its eponymous central arterial roadway, 7.2-mile-long Queens Boulevard. However, around its midsection, between Grand Avenue/Broadway to the east and Greenpoint Avenue/Roosevelt Avenue to the west, the subway temporarily veers north of the 200-foot-wide the thoroughfare. This portion is much less developed than neighborhoods on either side. Apart from a dense residential cluster in central Woodside, almost all of this stretch is decidedly anti-pedestrian and thinly developed, replete with low-slung commercial properties, such as auto shops and parking lots. The 11-story, residential Elmhurst Building, on which construction is wrapping up at 70-32 Queens Boulevard, now stands as the tallest on a two-mile stretch of the boulevard between Rego Park and Woodside. Although modestly-sized by the standards of the city skyline, the solitary stack towers like a Saguaro cactus over a desert. However, change is in the air as a wave of development is sweeping the area. Enabled by a 2006 neighborhood upzoning and fueled by an acute housing shortage, the new projects will transform the barren district into the urban neighborhood that it ought to be.
A string of mid-rise developments is transforming a long-neglected stretch of Queens Boulevard at the border of Elmhurst, Woodside, and Maspeth. One of the dozen-odd projects rising there is the apartment building at 70-09 45th Avenue, where excavation is currently underway. The seven-story structure will stand on a roughly 7,850-square-foot, mid-block lot, facing the irregular intersection where 45th Avenue meets Queens Boulevard at an acute angle. Permits place the height of the future building at 73 feet. Its 30 residences will be spread across 24,299 square feet, giving an average of 810 square feet per unit. The ground floor will feature 5,12 square feet of retail. The project is being developed by Choi Yui Chan, designed by Angelo Ng & Anthony Ng of Architects Studio PC, and built by First Class Management Contracting Corp.
Elmhurst-based property owner Song Lin, doing business as an anonymous LLC, has filed applications for seven three-story, three-unit residential buildings at 89-26 – 89-40 43rd Avenue, in Elmhurst. Individual building permits have only been filed for five buildings, and they will measure between 3,940 square feet and 4,074 square feet. Across the development, the full-floor residential units should average 991 square feet apiece. Each building will come with laundry facilities in the cellar and two off-street parking spaces. Chang Hwa Tan’s Flushing-based Tan Architect is the architect of record. The 150-foot-wide, 15,025-square-foot property is currently occupied by a two-story building. The Elmhurst Avenue stop on the M and R trains is four blocks away.
Jackson Heights-based property owner Juan Luna has filed new applications for a three-story, two-unit residential building at 40-07 95th Street, in northern Elmhurst. It will measure 4,104 square feet. A medical office will be located in the cellar and 1,169 square feet of retail space will occupy the ground floor. There will be two residential units across the second and third floors. The full-floor residential units should average 716 square feet apiece, indicative of rental apartments. Jorge L. Bosch’s Midtown South-based Bosch Architecture is the architect of record. The 25-foot-wide, 1,368-square-foot property is currently vacant. The site’s two-and-a-half-story predecessor was demolished last month. The Junction Boulevard stop on the 7 train is located around the corner.
Property owner Tim H. Chan, doing business as an anonymous Queens-based LLC, has filed applications for three three-story, three-unit residential buildings at 42-16 – 42-22 74th Street, in northern Elmhurst. Each will measure 4,074 square feet and, across all three, the full-floor residential units should average a family-sized 1,009 square feet. Amenities include a total of six off-street parking spaces and laundry facilities in the cellars. Chang Hwa Tan’s Flushing-based Tan Architect is the architect of record. The 83-foot-wide development assemblage consists of three two-story residential buildings. Demolition permits were filed for both in March. The site is located three blocks from the Roosevelt Avenue/74th Street stop on the E, F, M, R, and 7 trains.