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June 24th, 2004, 11:21 AM
June 23, 2004

By next year, Forest Hills will have its first brand-new noteworthy condominium in a decade.

Queens Windsor, a 21-story tower designed by architect Ismael Leyva, is being developed by Cord Meyer at 108-74 71st Rd., facing Windsor Place.

Construction is expected to start this month on the 128,000-square-foot beige brick building, which will have bronze-tinted windows that will wrap the corners and run from the floors to the 9-foot ceilings.

Units include 725-square-foot one-bedrooms, 1,250-square-foot two-bedrooms and 1,750-square-foot three-bedrooms. All have washers, dryers, and high-speed telecommunications and cable.

Resident amenities also include a fitness facility, multi-purpose area, 6,000-square-foot terrace and 1,600-square-foot roof deck. There will also be 8,000 square feet of commercial space; a marble, granite, limestone and wood lobby with a well-dressed 24-hour doorman; a parking garage; and 1,000 square feet of community space.

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July 13th, 2004, 03:48 AM
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Powerful tower shapes up


Sunday, July 11th, 2004

Architect's rendering of 21-story, 95-apartment condo tower under construction at 71st Road and Queens Blvd. in Forest Hills. The three-bedroom units could go for up to $1 million.

The first new condominium residences to be built in a decade in Forest Hills are under construction and expected to be ready for occupancy in the second half of next year.

The 95 new condominium apartments will be part of a mixed-use building at 71st Road and Queens Blvd.

The Cord Meyer Development Corp. first planned an 11-story commercial tower on the prime piece of real estate but decided to rethink its plan and instead went residential with a 21-story tower.

"We are excited to reenter the residential market," said Sal Panico, president and CEO of Cord Meyer.

The new building will contain a 128,000-square-foot residential tower with 725-square-foot one-bedrooms, 1,250-square-foot two-bedrooms and 1,750-square-foot three-bedroom apartments.

All apartments will have 9-foot ceilings, washers and driers, and high-speed telecommunications and cable connections.

The residential tower also will include a fitness facility, a multipurpose area and a 6,000-square-foot terrace accessible to all residents, in addition to a 1,600-square-foot roof deck.

Below the tower will be 8,000 square feet of commercial space, a residential lobby with a 24-hour doorman, a multilevel parking garage and 1,000 square feet of community space.

Ismael Leyva, a Manhattan-based architect known for his work on such notable Manhattan projects as The Chatham, The Park Imperial and the residential condominiums at Time Warner Center, designed the building.

"We are thrilled to have been selected to design an innovative and groundbreaking development at this outstanding Forest Hills location," said Leyva.

The facade of the building will be composed of traditional beige brick with floor-to-ceiling bronze and tinted-glass windows that will define the corners of the structure, the architect said.

The residential lobby, also designed by Leyva, will include wood-covered columns decorated with black granite, an inlaid marble and granite floor, and a composition of limestone and curved, shaped-wood fascias on the walls.

The real estate market in Forest Hills is "incredibly hot. There is a pent-up demand for this kind of product," said Jacqueline Urgo, executive vice president of The Marketing Directors Inc., the exclusive marketing and sales agent for the property.

"We are going to have one-, two- and three-bedroom residences offering incredible views of the estates and the city skyline," added Urgo.

There will be few apartments per floor, so all will have corner windows, she said.

Pricing has not yet been set, but the three-bedroom apartments are expected to cost up to $1 million.

Apartment construction is expected to heat up further with an announcement expected in the coming months of plans to develop the old Alexander's department store parking lot site on Junction Blvd. and the Long Island Expressway.

Plans reportedly call for two 22-story residential towers to be built on that site.