BY ARIEL HERNANDEZ
A $70 million renovation for Corona’s LeFrak City has been completed and includes the revamping of the apartment complex’s interior and exterior.
LeFrak City, which was founded in 1962, consists of 20 16-story residential buildings that house approximately 15,000 residents in its 4,600 units. The project to renovate the apartment complex was first announced in 2012.
The interior upgrades include renovations to all building lobbies and common hallways, such as new floors and newly painted walls. The buildings’ boiler systems and pipes were also upgraded.
Rosen Johnson Architects, which renovated the buildings’ interiors, also implemented green initiatives at the complex—such as solar panels for energy conservation and new parking decks and lighting.
All of the buildings’ traditional key fobs were upgraded to electric key fob entry systems, which—according to LeFrak City General Manager David Bernhardt—provides better security as it not only recognizes current residents, but also prior residents, as they attempt to enter the building.
“This allows us to keep a better track of who is coming and who is trying to get into the community,” said Bernhardt.
Matthew Nielsen Landscape Architects revitalized the community’s courtyards and grounds. Following the upgrade, LeFrak City now has three courtyards. The basketball courts, tennis court and sport court were all completely renovated. The project also included the addition of a children’s basketball court that consists of shorter hoops and a smaller court.
Some of the other outdoor amenities and recreational facilities that were created include a new resident-only pool, soccer field, ping pong and foosball tables, picnic tables and playgrounds.
Next summer, children who live in the complex will also be able to stay cool by using a new splash pad. The complex’s courtyard renovation has been completed, with the exception of new flowers that will be added in the spring.
Major renovations were also made in the community’s parking garages, which will receive new lighting fixtures and restriping.
Bernhardt said that the intent of the project, which was fully funded by the complex’s landlord, was to provide new amenities for the entire community.
“The landlord received no public money, no subsidy, no outside resources; they just reinvested their own money back into the community,” said Bernhardt. “From what we have seen from new residents and long- standing residents, everyone is excited to see that the owners are showing their long-term commitment to LeFrak City and Queens.”
Bernhardt said that the community was pleased to see the completion of the project following a five-year wait.
“As managing agents, we’re going to do everything in our power to keep this community beautiful in years to come,” said Bernhardt. “So much has happened over the [past] five years, and now it’s just a matter of taking care of this newly revamped LeFrak City.”
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