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580 Apts To Cast Their Shadow On Jamaica's AirTrain

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Things are changing in Jamaica, Queens, where a slew of new development is slowly starting to transform the neighborhood. Not least responsible is the massive planned neighborhood development The Crossing, which DNAinfo says will bring 580 apartments in two higher end towers with rooftop terraces and doormen to the area directly across from the AirTrain terminal. The project at the corner of Sutphin Boulevard and Archer Avenue is being developed by BRP Companies, and will be divided into a 14-story and 25-story tower. The $225 million project will bring 100,000 square feet of retail space to the neighborhood. Twenty percent of the buildings' apartments will be below market rate. The project, which was formerly reported to be a 400-apartment tower, is considered "the largest private investment in the area in decades."

When The Crossing is complete—it breaks ground in mid-2015—it will join the few other neighborhood luxury developments—luxury in comparison to the standards seen now throughout the neighborhood—including Moda, a 12-story, 346-apartment building at 153-30 89th Avenue that has, as DNAinfo puts it, "Manhattan-style amenities" like a roof deck, gym, and a lounge, as well as a nearby Jamaica Estates development where a penthouse will rent for $2,500.

UPDATE: A project representative has reached out to clarify that because The Crossing is north of the AirTrain terminal, it actually will not "cast a shadow" onto the terminal. The implication, however, stands.
· Luxury Residence Among Buildings Changing the Face of Jamaica [DNAinfo]
· Jamaica AirTrain's New Neighbor? Hundreds of Apartments [Curbed]
· $2,500 'Manhattan-Style' Penthouse Coming to Jamaica Estates [Curbed]