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Downtown Jamaica is getting 177 affordable rentals

A site that currently serves as a parking lot will become home to the new 12-story building

Downtown Jamaica, Queens will soon see a new residential building that will offer 177 affordable units on what is currently a parking lot at 89-50 164th Street, between 89th and Jamaica avenues, currently owned by the First Presbyterian Church of Jamaica, reports DNAinfo.

The building will stand 12 stories tall and based on the application filed with the Department of Buildings, it will offer 14,616 square feet of commercial space, a 63-car garage, and a 9,261-square-foot community center. It’s being developed by the church’s development branch, First Jamaica Community and Urban Development Corporation (FJCUDC), in partnership with Bluestone Organization. Vice President Norman Fairweather of FJCUDC confirmed with Curbed that the apartments will be rentals.

The project is hoping to break ground this December and anticipates completion about 18 months after, slating it to wrap up late Spring/early Summer 2018.

This news trickles in on the heels of last week’s announcement from Governor Cuomo where he granted the neighborhood with a $10 million award to go towards a much-needed revitalization initiative that will seek to improve housing, job growth, and transportation in the area.