98-02 Queens Blvd. as it looks today. Photo by Jon Cronin
BY JON CRONIN
A modern glass faced 7,000 square foot apartment complex with 59 apartments will be constructed soon at what is currently 98-02 Queens Blvd. in Rego Park.
The currently commercial strip has been almost completely vacated except for one convenience store on the corner of 65th Avenue and Queens Boulevard. All stores have the option of returning once the building is completed.
The owner of the new apartment complex is Frank Bahar Real Estate Corporation, located at 108-18 Queens Blvd. in Forest Hills. The architect for the project is Peter Casini, located at 67-39 Clyde St. also in Forest Hills.
According to Casini’s website, the building will be eight stories and mixed use. The apartment complex itself will consist of 59 apartments and medical office spaces. There will be retail space at street level, a community facility and parking for 59 cars, though a document obtained from the City Department of Buildings listed the parking garage has having 42 spaces.
Frank Gulluscio, district manager of Community Board 6, said that a project like that will usually be finished, “eighteen months after the first shovel goes in the ground.” As for when that first metaphorical shovel goes in the ground, that has yet to be determined.
Gulluscio also noted that there will be another mixed use structure going up at 107-18 70th Rd in Forest Hills, across the street from the Verizon building near one of the busiest stretches of Austin Street.
Joe Morali, managing director of Morali Architects in Manhattan, said they have met with Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) and Community Board 6 to get a special permit that will allow them to build to the height needed to reach their square footage. He said the plans are consistent with the zoning text, but they need the City Planning Commission to sign off on the height.
Galluscio said the project will be on the CB 6 agenda at their Feb. 10 meeting.
The Forest Hills-Rego Park area has been a bump in development in recent years, with the Alexander apartment building on top of the Rego Park Mall among the most notable additions to the skyline. Another building, located next to Los Battalion Hall near the intersection of Queens Boulevard and the Horace Harding Expressway, one block west of the Alexander, is also under construction.
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