BY LYNN EDMONDS
Plans for a residential development at the former Holliswood Hospital at 87-37 Palermo Street have been met with tepid reviews by the Holliswood Civic Association.
State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) broke the details of developer Steve Cheung’s plans to the Holliswood Civic board on Dec. 16, at a joint meeting with Cheung and the site’s architect, after two years of suspense over the site’s future.
The plans involve construction of 20 residential homes as well as a larger apartment complex with 31 units on the property. Cheung could develop all of the lots, or some of them could be sold to private owners.
The individual homes will not have garages and will be in accordance with the local zoning, whereas the apartment complex would require a variance.
The Holliswood Civic Association identified a couple of concerns pertaining to the new development, according to an email from the Civic Association forwarded to the Queens Tribune.
“Overall, the proposal for the site would contribute to more congestion, noise and pollution,” wrote the email’s author.
The 20, presumably identical, residential homes would also create a “cookie-cutter” image, the email said.
It also stated that Cheung expected the homes to sell for $2.7 million, which the civic board thought was an unrealistically high asking price. They proposed to lobby the developer to build fewer homes at a greater asking price and reduce the number of condominiums in the apartment building from 31 to 20-25, in order to reduce the amount of congestion, noise and pollution that the increased population density could bring.
Steve Cheung bought the property in July for $10.9 million, city records show. He also owns properties in Long Island City, Elmhurst, Flushing and Ridgewood, including the former Aloft hotel.
Plans for the site have not been uploaded to the NYC Department of Buildings website as of press time.
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