Flushing had mostly staved off the large-scale development that has, in decades past, sprouted up in other parts of Queens like Astoria and Long Island City. That certainly hasn't been the case in the last couple of years, however, as new projects are announced with much greater frequency. At Curbed, we're looking at projects both big and small that are completely transforming the Flushing landscape. From the massive residential project at Sky View Parc to the controversial megamall planned at Willets Point, Flushing isn't just a bastion for immigrant communities in the far reaches of Queens anymore, but an area that's attracting more developers everyday. Here now is a list of just some of projects taking shape in the neighborhood. Did we leave a few out? Drop us a note in the comments section below or through our tipline, and we'll add it on.Read More
Mapping the Development Boom in Flushing, Queens
The neighborhood has seen a massive increase in new projects in the last couple of years
134-05 35th Avenue
This site is currently occupied by a buildings supply company and could soon be home to a 14-story building with 134 condos and 206 hotel rooms. The developer behind the project, Chris Xu, is also the owner of the supply company, and his development firm Century Construction and Development Group has hired My Architect PC to design the building. The project also calls for the creation of six retail spaces, a restaurant, and a community center. It's unclear when the project will take off however since it has been over a year since plans were filed.
41-62 Bowne Street
This new residential building will replace an affordable neighborhood grocery store, a trend being played out in many neighborhoods across the city. The Yin C. Hu-developed building will rise 14-stories high and feature 84 condos. But that's not all. There's also space for 93 cars in a two-level underground parking lot, retail on the first and second floors, and a school on the third floor.
The Grand Two at Sky View Parc
Part of the 14-acre Sky View Parc development, Grand Two is part of the second phase of this project. Phase One included the construction of two residential buildings and a mall. Phase Two includes the construction of The Grand, which will contain a total of three buildings. The Grand One is mostly sold out. Grand Two is still under construction as is Grand One, but sales at the 258-unit Grand Two launched in November 2015. Plans for the construction of Grand Three are yet to be announced.
144-74 Northern Boulevard
Fourteen stories seems to be a popular option for new proposed buildings in Flushing, so too with this one. The New City Management-developed building will have 120 apartments, and almost each of the floors will have planted terraces. Other features of this building include 50,000 square feet of community and commercial space at the base. Underground, there's room to park 225 cars.
Part of the Flushing Commons megaproject, this particular building constitutes 148 condos of the total planned 600 at the development. Construction is finally underway on this long-delayed project, and it was revealed that one-bedrooms at the development will likely start at $650,000 with four-bedroom apartments asking from $2.5 million. This first phase along with some offices and retail are expected to be complete sometime in 2017.
Developed by the people behind the city's first fully micro-unit building, Monadnock Development is replacing a municipal parking lot with 208 affordable apartments. The Feng Shui-oriented building will be designed by Bernheimer Architecture and will include a rooftop farm and ground floor retail, not to mention solar panels. Sixty units will be set aside for seniors as well.
37-09 College Point Boulevard
Currently home to the shuttered Flushing Mall, plans were unveiled in March 2015 to transform the space into a 13-story building with 192 apartments. That translated to about 370,000 square feet of residential space. The plan also included 350,000 square feet for commercial space, 33,000 square feet for a community center, and 520 parking. The rendering above is only conceptual and was designed by Margulies Hoelzli.
Willets Point Megaproject
There's been a lot of back and forth on this controversial megaproject, but in essence if the project pushes through it will see the transformation of a 23-acre area surrounding Citi Field. Sterling Equities and Related Companies are collaborating on this $3 billion project to create a mall with a rooftop garden, a convention center, a 25-story residential building, 6,000 parking spots, and affordable housing.
RKO Keith's Theater
Plans to transform the historic RKO Keith's Theater building in Flushing have been in the works for decades. The property has changed hands several times, and plans at one time or another have called for the creation of a hotel or a condo building. Most recently the theater was going to be converted into a 16-story building with 269 apartments, but that has fizzled out too. Developer JK Equities has now listed it back on the market for an undisclosed sum.
LaGuardia Convention Center
Located right next to the Willets Point megaproject, this is a pretty large project in its own right. The Fleet Financial Group-developed project calls for the creation of 292 hotel rooms, 202 apartments, a convention center, and just under 100,000 square feet of retail all part of the same building. There are plans for restaurants spread out over 11,300 square feet of space.
This Century Development project will feature 89 condos, 176 hotel rooms, not to mention eight retail outlets. The 14-story building will also have a restaurant, a meeting room, and a community center. The project also includes 186 parking spots. The hotel and the various amenities will be located up to the seventh floor and the apartments will rise above that.
139-20 34th Avenue
This site could soon be turned into a seven-story mixed-use building, according to plans filed with the Department of Buildings. That includes the creation of 30 apartments, parking for 20 cars and 15 bicycles, and a day care center on the first floor.
132-48 41st Avenue
Another mixed-use building, this five-story structure will contain five apartments, and a health care facility on the ground floor. On average the apartments will measure about 1,100 square feet. The building pictured above has already been demolished to make way for the new structure.