Development is slowly taking hold in the sleepy industrial area just south of Jamaica’s railyards. A new building application was filed Friday for a nine-story hotel at 145-07 95th Avenue, a block from the Jamaica LIRR and Air Train stations.
BRP Companies has acquired the development assemblage at 93-01 Sutphin Boulevard, immediately north of Jamaica Center in Downtown Jamaica, for $19.5 million. The developer plans to build a mixed-use, two-building project measuring a total 755,000 square feet. Retail space will measure 100,000 square feet across a three-story podium, and 580 residential units are expected between 26- and 14-story buildings. Construction is slated to begin later this year, although a slew of low-rise commercial buildings must first be demolished. FXFOWLE is designing.
Small residential developments have begun arriving on the edge of downtown Jamaica, but YIMBY has seen few projects as large as the eight-story mixed-use building planned for 178-02 Hillside Avenue.
Originally filed in June of 2014, property owner Muhammad Alam has filed additional applications for a six-story, 10-unit mixed-use building at 150-16 Hillside Avenue, in Jamaica. The building will measure a total 10,170 square feet, and 2,360 square-foot of retail space will take up the ground floor. Angelo Ng + Anthony Ng Architects Studio is designing, and an existing two-story structure must first be demolished.
Racebrook Capital has begun construction of the nearly 200,000 square-foot animal transportation facility, dubbed “The Ark”, at John F. Kennedy International Airport, in Queens, per the Commercial Observer. Abandoned Building 78 is being converted into the facility, and Gensler, along with other partners, is designing. The $48 million project is expected to open in late 2016.