July 24, 2018 By Tara Law
Permits have been filed for a new 7-story mixed-use building on the border of Long Island City and Astoria.
The building, which will be located at 33-10 38th Ave., will feature 20 residential units on the upper five floors and an unspecified community facility on the first and second floors.
The building will offer 20 parking spaces on the cellar and first floor levels.
The structure will be 75 feet tall and offer 2,949 square feet of community space and 13,775 square feet of residential space.
The building is owned by developer Ravi Patel. GreenbergFarrow Architecture will be responsible for the design.
The property is located three blocks from the 39th Ave. (N/W) subway station and one block from the 36th St. (R) subway station.
Demolition permits for the existing 2-story residential building have yet to be filed.
A couple of years ago they up-ed the zoning for the blocks near Northern Blvd. It does seem like it is a pretty ambitious project for something on a relatively small, middle of the block lot. This would be much easier on a corner lot. BTW, by adding “community facility” space, they get a bonus in the amount of square footage they can build. They will have to fill it with a church, a non profit community organization, a methadone clinic or something of that ilk – they won’t be allowed to rent that space to a normal retailer.
I wouldn’t be surprised if the owner sells before demolition of the existing structure – it is probably more valuable to sell with approved permits.
Why is a routine private real estate transaction considered news here?
Well the story is not so much about the sale of the property but what is coming to the neighborhood which would qualify as news. I have the same type of structure being erected across the street from the huge complex I live in. We now have 42 additional apartments being shoved in our faces as well as a few more businesses. I appreciate the news, it tells me its time to get out of overcrowded filthy queens.
It’s actually one block from the 36th Street M/R station, not the 36th Ave N/W.
Anything south of the Grand Central in Astoria does not have R3 zoning restrictions. You can build pretty high.
How is this possible? It seems to defy zoning restrictions on height.