BY DANIEL OFFNER
Plans for the long-anticipated development of 208 affordable apartment units at Municipal Lot 3 in Flushing, are starting to come together, according to the City Department of Housing Preservation and Development.
After a competitive bidding process – which began last year, when HPD released a Request for Proposals for the approximately 43,200-square-foot parking lot – a joint venture between Asian Americans For Equality, HANAC Inc. and Monadnock Development was selected as the development team.
The project known as One Flushing, will include 208 residential units – 60 of which will be reserved for seniors, while the remaining 147 are slated for individuals earning between $24,200 and $72,600 annually and families with an income of $34,520 to $103,560 a year. The development will also include a newly constructed energy efficient facility with a mix of residential, commercial and community resources including supportive care services for seniors, a rooftop farm and weatherization services for low-income Queens residents.
The development of the 156-space parking lot into affordable housing will be financed under Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “Housing New York: A Five-Borough, 10-Year Housing Plan.”
Christopher Kui, executive director of AAFE, said the One Flushing project will not only offer critically-needed senior, low and moderate-income housing, but also service amenities and resources for a multi-generational population.
“We will provide economic development opportunities through commercial retail opportunities for local small businesses and entrepreneurs, and of course, job creation,” he said. “Furthermore AAFE’s community development fund institution/lending arm, Renaissance Economic Development corporation, will establish a $2 million low-interest loan fund to lend to the small businesses in the project.”
Guided by the principles of Feng Shui, architects with the firm Bernheimer Architecture, PLLC, have drafted up preliminary designs for the One Flushing project, which will include vertical windows that are designed to reduce noise from the LIRR train passing-by while maximizing daylight in the apartment units. The project also features several amenities including a gym, a community room for each building, common laundry rooms and a more than 15,000 sq. ft. second floor terrace and green roof for all residents.
One Flushing will also include commercial and community facilities on the first two floors. The ground floor will contain a combination of large and small retail space that will provide a mix of square-footage and affordability for local businesses and entrepreneurs. The development will also provide the Flushing community to access a variety of spaces and services.
Community spaces at One Flushing will be programmed by both AAFE and HANAC, which will provide a range of services for seniors and the local communities. HANAC has also partnered with the Parker Jewish Institute for Healthcare and Rehabilitation to provide health screening, medial referrals and specialized care services for the elderly.
“This dynamic project embodies all of the qualities to add to the vibrancy of the Downtown Flushing community while offering safe haven to benefit the physical health, comfort and overall well-being of those who reside, work and visit this new mixed-use building,” John Kaiteris, executive director of HANAC, Inc., said.
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