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    136-66 Roosevelt Avenue
    Architect: Raymond Chan Architect
    10 floors, retail and medical offices



    40-55 College Pt. Boulevard
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    Bloomberg's Last Megaproject Will Actually Break Ground Soon

    by Hana R. Alberts



    Just before the ball dropped—on December 30—a coalition of developers finally sealed the deal on a site in Flushing that will be home to Bloomberg's last legacy megaproject, paying $20 million for a municipal parking lot. The complex was approved back in 2010, so there's been a heck of a lot of delays and false starts and backtracking and community beefs... and some financing troubles. But the mixed-use development—which will include offices, housing, shopping, parking, a hotel, and community space—is set to break ground in March. The $850 million potential poster child for unarrested development, a.k.a. Flushing Commons, has also tweaked its phases: the first one will include 150 condos, a 1,000-space parking lot, and 220,000 square feet of offices.

    That'll apparently be done in 2017.









    What is getting pushed back to the second phase is a 62,000-square-foot YMCA, a 1.5-acre public open space, and about 130,000 square feet of offices. Already planned for Part 2 was 450 apartments, another 150,000 square feet of offices, and 15,000 square feet of community space. According to Crain's, phase two must begin by 2018 (to be finished by 2021) or else developers will face millions of dollars in penalties. A speedier timeline, because they used to have until 2027 to tackle that swath. The complex will also have a 1,600-spot parking garage.

    So now nearby store owners are speaking out, worried about their customers' ability to park 'n' shop, which is in jeopardy because the 1,100-spot lot is getting this giant project plopped on top of it. Oddly enough, coalition of 300 merchants is also worried about increased traffic. An EDC spokeswoman assures that there will be "ample parking" and developers have promised to keep all eleven hundred spots open during construction. By contrast, these pro-development job-seekers are probably really excited, though.

    Now for the backers. The project is being spearheaded by an alphabet soup of developers: TDC Development International, the Rockefeller Group, AECOM Capital and Mount Kellett Capital Management with financing from Starwood Property Trust. Chalk up another project to watch in 2014.

    Flushing Commons [NYEDC]
    Big Queens project to break ground [Crain's]
    Local merchants fear Flushing Commons could put them out of business [NYDN]

    http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2014/0...round_soon.php

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    I don't know how they'll manage to keep open those 1100 parking spots during construction.

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    Developers file application to build new hotel in Flushing

    Developers have filed an application to rezone a supermarket to build a new hotel in downtown Flushing, according to city records.

    Chris and George Xu, who head the Century Construction Group Corp., are looking to build a 214,000 square-foot mixed-use building on the site of the Great Wall Supermarket, at 137-45 Northern Blvd. The rezoning would allow for an 11-story building which would include the 191-room hotel as well as 43 residential units, 11,000 square-feet of retail space and a 7,890-square-foot community facility. The Xus’ proposal also includes 155 parking spaces and 33 spots where bicycles can be locked up.

    The rezoning would also affect portions of lots that are adjacent to the main site, where a 25,000-square-foot supermarket currently sits along with a 38-space parking lot.

    The Xus, who could not be reached for comment, have long been involved in developing residential sites and building hotels in Flushing, including the Marriott Fairfield at the corner of College Point Boulevard and 30th Avenue.

    The city has initiated the public approvals process, called the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, which will see the zoning application go before Community Board 7 and Borough President Melinda Katz for hearings and recommendations. It will then go to the City Planning Commission for approval before the City Council will get the last say.

    If approved, the project is expected to be completed by 2017.

    Reach reporter Alex Robinson by e-mail at arobi*nson@*cnglo*cal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4566.
    ©2014 Community News Group

    http://timesledger.com/stories/2014/...4_11_07_q.html



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