BY LUIS GRONDA
It is quickly becoming the towering structure of Rego Park.
The Rego Park residential tower has made much progress since it was first announced in 2013.
The tower, which is being constructed on top of the Rego Park Center mall on Junction Boulevard, will bring a 24-story, 314-unit residential tower to the Central Queens neighborhood. The mall contains national chain outlets such as Kohl’s, Staples and Toys “R” Us. It opened in 2010.
The facility is being developed by Vornado Realty Trust, which is developing several retail and residential properties in Manhattan and in other parts of the country, including Chicago.
It is unclear when construction on the tower will be finished, but a Vornado spokesperson said the on-site leasing office which will feature model apartments will open on July 1. The marketing directors of the firm will be handling the leasing of the apartments.
Back in 2013, Frank Gulluscio, district manager of Community Board 6, said the project was originally part of a redevelopment plan that was in the works years ago, but had to be halted due to the 2008 Recession. The project itself was approved in 2005, before Gulluscio was district manager.
There have been complaints from residents since construction started, mainly regarding traffic issues that have arisen from the structure going up.
At a 2014 CB 6 meeting, residents complained the scaffolding from the construction blocked off a lane of traffic on 62nd Drive, causing cars to speed up to beat the light instead of getting caught in a traffic jam.
The board’s chairperson, Joseph Hennessy, asked the city Department of Transportation to look at it area when it had a meeting with the agency.
Among other development going on in Rego Park includes the development of an 8,095-square-foot space at 92-77 Queens Blvd, which is close to the mall and the tower. That property is two stories and 20,000 square-feet.
Sources said it is expected to be leased out for a Starbucks location and a gym on its second floor.