Who says Jamaica isn’t the next hot neighborhood? The largest private investment in Downtown Jamaica is moving forward as BRP Companies, which develops mixed-use and mixed-income buildings all over the city, acquired the land for The Crossing in Jamaica.
Located at the southeast corner of Sutphin Boulevard and Archer Avenue, in the heart of Downtown Jamaica, The Crossing at Jamaica Station is a major step in the redevelopment of the area. The development will include retail space on three levels, two mixed-income residential buildings – a 14-story mid-rise and a 26 story high-rise – a community facility and an underground parking garage. The site, purchased from the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, will eventually hold 580 housing units across from the Long Island Rail Road station – a major public transportation and shopping hub.
Designed by FXFOWLE Architects, the building’s shifting surfaces and volumes will serve to add variety to the project’s interior spaces and residential units while animating the urban streetscape. The high-rise features a playful vertical composition of light-colored engineered cement panels. The mid-rise building’s façade is a more horizontal composition of variegated brick and strip windows.
The two buildings will sit on a three-story podium, which will subdivided into several expressions according to orientation and function, including ample storefronts.
The high-rise building will feature three stories of retail use at the building base, with 23 stories of residential units. A setback on the fourth floor will offer garden apartments among 450 rental units.
The mid-rise building will include two stories of a community facility, currently planned to be a church, at the building base. There will be 130 rental apartments with residential amenity spaces on the second and 14th floors and the main roof level.
The unit mix in the high-rise building and the Mid-rise building will include both inclusionary units and moderate income units.
The development is currently targeting a LEED Silver certification. The package of sustainability and energy efficiency measures includes a combined heat and power (CHP) plant, photovoltaic cells, green roofs and a highly insulted envelope.
This is not the first development BRP has initiated in Queens. The group recently cut the ribbon on Macedonia Plaza in Flushing, which featured mixed-income housing at both inclusionary and moderate income levels.
The Jamaica project is expected to begin construction later this year.