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    Default Queens Development

    Queens civic and larger non commercial and non residential developments belong here. Queens residential and commercial developments belong in there appropriate neighborhood thread, respectively.

    Astoria

    College Point

    Flushing

    Forest Hills

    Jamaica

    Kew Gardens

    Long Island City

    Ozone Park

    Rockaways

    Sunnyside
    Last edited by NoyokA; May 4th, 2005 at 07:01 PM. Reason: To clarify and organize posts related to Queens development.

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    Default Two Proposed High-Rises On Queens Blvd. Draw Controversy

    The start of what will likely become a long battle between developers and Queens Boulevard activists began in earnest Tuesday night, when plans were presented for two high-rises in Elmhurst. The buildings would become the community’s tallest structures.
    While the developer says the proposed 16- and 17-story buildings will not alter the character of the neighborhood, residents expressed dismay at the project. The buildings, they said, will further burden an infrastructure that is already oversaturated.
    “What will be the impact on the Police Department, the Fire Department, the hospitals and the schools?” asked Community Board 4 member Laraine Donohue at a Land Use Committee meeting. “Was any of that taken into consideration?”
    The proposed building at 86-05 Queens Boulevard would be 16 stories and 180 feet tall. The second, at 85-15 Queens Boulevard, would be 17 stories and 196 feet. The site is located between Broadway and Reeder Street.
    Both buildings would have retail space, community facilities and condominium apartments. All 300 parking spaces would be located at 85-15 Queens Boulevard.
    The developer, James Pi, has been in negotiations with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority for a number of years about the development because portions of the properties are located directly above the subway.
    Because of the tunnels and a creek that run under the south side of the property, parking cannot be built underground. The development company has applied to the Board of Standards and Appeals, asking that above-ground parking not be counted toward floor space.
    There will be a public hearing in April but if the variance is granted by the BSA, the high-rises will be built as planned.
    With the variance or without, developers insist they have the right to build on the property as they see fit. “The owner has the right to develop the property,” said Jordan Most, an attorney for the developer. “The developers have the right to a reasonable return on their investment.”
    “You have the right to earn money, but you don’t have the right to ruin our community,” one board member responded.
    While attorneys for the developers did not say how much the condominiums would cost, the median price of a home in Queens hit $400,000 last month, the highest it’s ever been.
    Over the past several years, the eastern end of Elmhurst has been the site of new construction and proposals by both retailers and residential developers. Besides the Queens Center Mall and the Queens Place Mall, which are less than a mile away, Wal-Mart has also announced that it is interested in developing a nearby site.
    “The whole problem is that they’re all descending on one area,” said CB 4 member Anthony Moreno. “What happens here is very important. This is a very important site to the community.”
    Developers are flocking to the area for a number of reasons: the Long Island Expressway, and a number of bus and subway lines are all close by. Furthermore, as in other parts of Queens, demand for housing in being driven by a lack of affordable space left in the suburbs.
    “There is an absolute paucity of developable land on Long Island,” said Paul Graziano, an urban planning consultant and the zoning chairman of the Queens Civic Congress. “People who in the past would have moved out to the Island are now settling in Queens.”
    The result is that throughout the borough, older buildings are rapidly being razed and replaced with much larger dwellings. “There’s been a tremendous amount of demolition over the past several years,” Graziano said. “In many cases entire neighborhoods have been destroyed.”
    Among the problems that Elmhurst residents say are becoming worse are noise and air pollution, traffic and overcrowding everywhere from buses to schools. Adding 178 condominiums, they say, will only make matters worse.
    “All of our infrastructure is inundated,” Moreno said. “We don’t need this overdevelopment here.”
    Because the developments are on Queens Boulevard, the additional traffic is a politically sensitive topic. There have been more than 27,000 accidents along the so-called “Boulevard of Death” from 1994 to 2003, according to the Department of Transportation. There have also been 85 fatalities since 1993.
    Although there is a 14-story building nearby on Broadway and a 12-story building on Justice Avenue, Elmhurst is comprised primarily of single-family houses and 2- and 3-story multi-family buildings.
    For their part, attorneys for the proposed development maintained that the requested variance will not be “detrimental to the public welfare,” a statement community members strongly disagreed with.

    http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?n...d=152656&rfi=6

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    Attack of the giant flowers??

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    Default JV Plans Whitestone Project

    This is what I've been hoping for...nice site. There's a few more large sites like this that are M1, right in the middle of all residential, so this might make the others sell, too. Right neext door is a 100 plus house development, with another large parcel that was to be 55 and older housing, but it's still vacant. Maybe that will be more condos.

    JV Plans Whitestone Project
    By Barbara Jarvie
    Last updated: March 16, 2005 01:04pm

    WHITESTONE, NY-Locally based Bayrock Group LLC and Israel-based GMUL Investment Co. are in the process of acquiring 15 acres of waterfront property here for $25.5 million. The joint venture, called 151-45 Sixth Road Whitestone Partners LLC, intends to develop Waterpointe, a luxury condominium complex they anticipate will have development costs of between $100 million and $200 million, depending upon what zoning approval the site receives.

    The project is currently being rezoned from M-1 to either R3-2, R4, or special use. Construction would not begin on the site until late 2006 early 2007. Located along the East River, the development team envisions building condominiums with a waterfront promenade, parks, playgrounds and tennis facilities for use by residents and the community.

    Tevfik Arif, president of Bayrock, says the partnership feels the housing market in Whitestone, and Queens as a whole, is so hot right now. “The site is unmatchable, given its views and proximity to the water, and it truly is the largest remaining waterfront property available for development in the area.”

    Bayrock owns the Loehmann’s Seaport Plaza in Brooklyn and currently has development projects in Park Slope & Brighton Beach Brooklyn, as well as a project on 73rd Street in Manhattan. Bayrock is developing projects in New York, Florida and Arizona, including Trump International Hotel & Towers in Fort Lauderdale and Phoenix.

    GMUL Investment was founded in 1950. The company’s investments range across the sectors of real estate, technology, communications and investment funds with direct investments that exceed $250 million.

    http://www.globest.com/news/242_242/.../132226-1.html

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    very good news

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    Thumbs up Two Proposed High-Rises On Queens Blvd. Draw Controversy

    Change is good.

    but this design is wack.

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    Default Now That Wal-Mart Is Out Century 21 Is Likely Tenant

    Now That Wal-Mart Is Out Century 21 Is Likely Tenant
    by Kim Brown, Central and Mid Queens Editor
    March 17, 2005
    http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?n...d=152800&rfi=6

    Vornado Realty Trust plans to develop the site at 62nd Dr. and Junction Blvd. in Rego Park. (photo by Michael O’Kane)
    The Rego Park site that became the most well-known lot in Queens after Wal-Mart expressed interest, will likely be developed as two apartment buildings and a number of retail stores. Century 21 department store is expected to be the anchor tenant, according to the developer.
    Representatives of Vornado Realty Trust—the company that owns the site at 63rd Road off Queens Boulevard—spoke publicly on Wednesday night for the first time since news about Wal-Mart made headlines citywide.
    Vornado project manager Michael Berfield acknowledged that negotiations with the retail giant were off, but declined to say more about the subject or mention other possible tenants besides Century 21. Rather, Berfield discussed the proposed physical development on the Rego Park-Elmhurst border.
    Although Vornado’s plans to construct an 18-story building, a 23-story building, a garage and a number of retail stores did not cause the same emotional reaction as Wal-Mart, many residents expressed concerns about the development’s impact on their community.
    “The schools in this area, including the one we are in now, are extremely overcrowded,” said Audrey Dineen at the Community Board 5 meeting and public hearing, which was held at PS 206 in Rego Park. “Has anyone ever thought what’s going to happen if each family moves in with one school-age child?”
    Berfield said the company completed the required study and found the schools will not be severely affected. “Based on the Environmental Impact Statement there is no significant impact,” he said.
    Dineen disagreed. “There will be a very significant impact if each family has one child,” she said.
    In addition to concerns about overcrowding in neighborhood schools, residents said they were worried about the effects the development would have on parking, traffic and existing businesses.
    “The traffic and parking in this area are absolutely horrendous. Folks sit around for hours waiting for parking,” said Terry Lewis, who has been an Elmhurst resident for more than 24 years. “With another mall it’s going to be unbearable.”
    Lewis said he approached Vornado about leasing a small portion of the site for a youth center, but was rebuffed. The center, he said, already has the backing of the City Council, State Senate and Assembly.
    “There’s enough retail. There are stores, stores and more stores,” he said. “We don’t need any more stores when there are 20,000 young people in the community with no place to go.”
    Vornado’s plans call for 650,000 square feet of retail space and 450,000 square feet of residential space. Approximately 450 apartments will be built above four levels of stores. A multilevel garage will have 1,400 parking spaces, 1,110 for shoppers and 300 for residents.
    Philip Habib, an engineer hired by Vornado to mitigate traffic concerns, said there will be some changes to area roadways in order to alleviate congestion. The eastbound Long Island Expressway service road approaching Junction Boulevard would be widened to provide a right-turn lane. A new signal would be placed on the eastbound LIE service road at 97th Street. In addition, 62nd Drive would be widened by five feet to create a fifth lane.
    Although rooftop gardens are part of the plans, they will only be open to residents. There will, however, be an enclosed pedestrian walkway between Junction Boulevard and 97th Street that will be open to the public. There will also be tree plantings and other improvements to the sidewalks that border the property.
    The area bounded by Queens, Junction and Horace Harding Boulevards is within walking distance of the Queens Center Mall and Queens Place Mall. Because it is currently zoned only for residential use, Vornado is seeking a variance from the Board of Standard and Appeals to include retail space, which the company expects will be granted. The requested variance would also allow the developer to build fewer parking spaces than the number mandated by the city.
    CB 5 will vote on the proposal at its April meeting, but ultimately, the decision about whether to allow developers to proceed will be left to the BSA.
    Plans to build a Wal-Mart on the site fell through in late February after nearly three months of intense pressure from union leaders and politicians.
    From the time that the negotiations were made public, Vornado Realty Trust—a Manhattan-based company that owns and manages office buildings, malls and hotels in several states as well as in Puerto Rico— has declined to discuss Wal-Mart with the press.
    Those familiar with the negotiations say it is likely that Vornado, rather than Wal-Mart, buckled under community pressure. Some even speculated that when Vornado made the announcement, Wal-Mart had not yet been informed that the deal was off.
    One of the reasons the site is so appealing is because of easy access to the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, the Long Island Expressway and a number of bus and subway lines. “Clearly this is a site that is extremely visible and accessible,” said Stanton Eckstut, principal architect for the development. “It’s on the edge of a thriving community.”
    But some residents say the development will destroy the very elements of the community that allow it to thrive.
    At Wednesday’s meeting, Jim Galloway spoke for the Lefrak City Merchants Association, an organization that represents 72 “mom and pop” stores. “When the Queens Mall expanded, furniture, electronics and clothing stores went out of business,” he said. “We don’t want another devastation.”
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    Some new pics from the Rockaways:

    http://arvernebythesea.com/gallery.htm

    A new waterfront condo. Hopefully the start of many:

    http://www.theoceangrande.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by billyblancoNYC
    Now That Wal-Mart Is Out Century 21 Is Likely Tenant
    by Kim Brown, Central and Mid Queens Editor
    March 17, 2005
    http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?n...d=152800&rfi=6
    http://www.eekarchitects.com/indprjd...me=Residential

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    Is there any residential development going on in Southeastern Queens?

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    I thought it was 2 towers? This might be old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alex ballard
    Is there any residential development going on in Southeastern Queens?
    Yes, mostly townhouses, maybe 2 families, semi-attached houses.

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    Site 389, Forest Hills



    Architect: Ismael Leyva
    17 floors
    150 units


    "The massing of this new 165,000 sq. ft. building is animated by cantilevers and set-backs. These features create a feeling of dynamism. The new 17-story ensemble is happily solving the angular shape of the site. The retail base offers an interesting facade in which large areas of display windows are complemented by brick screens defining the second floor terraces. The new construction will accommodate one hundred and fifty units covering a variety of sizes; studios, one, two and three bedrooms totaling 141,000 sq. ft. On the street level there will be a residential lobby and also 24,000 sq. ft. of retail space. The underground parking level is sized for more than 130 cars."

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    It looks to be sinking.

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