A church in Far Rockaway, Queens, is about to be razed to make way for a mixed-use building. Permits for an eight-story structure have been submitted for 1414 Central Avenue, six blocks away from the Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue Subway station, at the end of the A train. Kingspoint Heights Development is the developer, and the project would be built on the site of the Community Church–the Nazarene.
An anonymous Bronx-based LLC has filed applications to redevelop the severely dilapidated three-story commercial structure at 15-20 Central Avenue, in Far Rockaway, into a five-story school building. The redevelopment will incorporate the stand-alone four-story structure that exists behind the three-story building. The project will encompass 75,440 square feet and will rise 62 feet above street level. The school, which will likely be private, will have a gymnasium, cafeteria, administrative offices, classrooms, and conference rooms. William Leung’s Financial District-based architecture firm is the architect of record.
Jamaica-based A&I Developers Inc. has filed applications for a pair of three-story, five-unit residential buildings at 21-17 and 21-19 Birdsall Avenue in Far Rockaway. The buildings will measure 5,993 square feet each and, between them, the total of 10 residential units should average 903 square feet apiece, indicative of family-sized apartments. There will be a total six off-street parking spaces, all located indoors. Barry J. Bank’s Kew Gardens-based engineering firm is the applicant of record. The 50-foot-wide, 6,750-square-foot property is vacant. The Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue stop on the A train, as well as the neighborhood’s Long Island Rail Road station, are three blocks away.
The New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC) has filed applications for a new two-story, 31,779-square-foot Queens Library at Far Rockaway. The new building will be built on the site of the existing, single-story library branch, at 16-37 Central Avenue. The facility will feature a circulation and information center, meeting rooms, a business center, and individual children, teen, and adult sections. Snøhetta will be designing the project. The 25,877-square-foot site is located at the corner of Mott Avenue, three blocks from the Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue stop on the A train. Demolition permits have not been filed for the existing library.
As the city gears up to rezone downtown Far Rockaway, one developer is trying to work with the zoning that already exists. Builder Surjeet Kaur filed plans to put up a two-story hotel at 10-74 Beach 22nd Street, right next to the Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue stop on the A, where the elevated subway line ends in Queens.