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Mapping 10 Buildings That Could Totally Transform Jamaica

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The southeast Queens neighborhood of Jamaica is notorious for its high rate of foreclosure and low rate of economic development, but despite the neighborhood's failure to realize a 2007 rezoning due to the recession, new residential and commercial developments are now popping up en masse across the enclave. Exactly why so much new development is happening can't be contributed to a single factor, but in June the Journal speculated that a combination of the neighborhood's concentration of municipal structures, schools, and affordability are behind its revival. Although we take to mapping the new residential structures coming to the 'hood, it's also seeing a sprinkling of hotels and department stores, too.
—With research and writing by Angely Mercado.


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1. The Crossing

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93-01 Sutphin Boulevard
Jamaica, NY 11435

93-01 sits on the corner of Sutphin Boulevard and Archer Avenue and is, at the moment, a Duane Reade. But by mid-2015, it will become The Crossing, one of the biggest development projects and largest private investments in the area in decades. According to developer BRP Company, the project will be comprised of two buildings: a 14-story structure and a 25-story tower. The buildings will add 580 apartments to the area, 20 percent of which will be set aside as affordable housing. 93-01 will also bring Manhattan-esque amenities to the area, complete with a doorman and a glamorous deck.

2. 190-11 Hillside Avenue

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190-11 Hillside Avenue
Jamaica, NY 11423

Hillside Avenue in Jamaica Estates is soon to be home to a 21-unit building with a fancy penthouse that will boast not one, but two balconies. The penthouses are slated to ask a surprisingly pricey $2,500 a month—this is Jamaica after all—while one bedroom units will ask $1,600 a month. The building is being developed by TCX, who is also working on two other buildings in the area. All three buildings will add a total of 85 rentals to Jamaica. This particular development is slated to be completed in early 2015.

3. 177-30 Wexford Terrace

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177-30 Wexford Terrace
Jamaica, NY 11432

What was once a lovely single-family home near the F train on a 12,000-square-foot section of land in Jamaica Estates is now on the way to becoming an eight story building that will bring 68 apartments to Wexford Terrace. Studio apartments are proposed to cost $1,550, one-bedrooms will ask $1,750, two-bedrooms will ask $2,220, and the penthouses—of which there will be ten—will ask $2,600. The project is also the work of TCX, and is being assisted by Frank Pretuso.

4. 177-16 Wexford Terrace

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177-16 Wexford Terrace
Jamaica, NY 11432

Just down the block is the last of TCX's Jamaica developments, this soon-to-be building on Wexford Terrace between Kingston Place and Dalny Road. 117-16 Wexford Terrace will rise eight stories and cover about 18,000 square feet. The building will have about 20 apartments, most of which will be one-bedrooms. It might also have three open-air parking spaces. TCX is being assisted by Defonseca Architects, who will bring a "modern" facade to the building (although, to be honest, it pretty much looks like TCX's other two Jamaica developments).

5. Norman Towers

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90-14 161st Street
Jamaica, NY 11432

Norman Towers, also listed as 90-14 161st Street and 90-11 160th Street, hit the market this October. The nine-story, two-building project was headed by the Bluestone Organization and brings 21 two-bedroom units, 72 one-bedroom units, and seven studios to the area. All of the apartments are priced below market rate. The building also has a retail space on the ground floor and 51 parking spots. Apart from the affordability, the Towers are energy efficient, complete with a roof garden, solar panels, and low-emissions windows.

6. Mary Immaculate Hospital

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143-13 89th Avenue
Jamaica, NY 11435

The former Mary Immaculate Hospital, a neighborhood blight that has been closed since it went bankrupt in 2009, is in the midsts of being transformed into market rate rentals. Interior demolition began in late 2013 and a permit to convert the building from commercial to residential was filed with the Department of Buildings in mid-2014. According to the permit, the building is being reworked by ubiquitous Manhattan architecture firm Goldstein, Hill & West and is being developed by the Chetrit Group. The former hospital will be transformed into a 16-story luxury rental building containing 339 apartments. It’s not clear what amenities will be included yet, but considering that flashy amenities have become a way by which expensive buildings define themselves, it would be reasonable to expect a terrace or dog run, or maybe even a secret garden.

7. 168th Street and Archer Avenue

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Archer Avenue & 168th Street
Jamaica, NY 11433

This lot is currently occupied by a garage that's often used by the NYPD, but the city is eager to convert it into a combination of affordable and market rate housing. The Home Depot-adjacent lot sits on 168th Street and is wedged between Archer and Jamaica avenues. In 2007, NYCEDC issued a Request For Proposals for a mixed-use building including retail and apartments on the site, but was unable to realize any proposals because of the recession. No plans for the lot have been finalized yet, but with the current building boom in Jamaica, they probably aren't far off.

8. 163-05 Archer Avenue

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163-05 Archer Avenue
Jamaica, NY 11433
163-05 and 163-25 Archer Avenue

might give way to yet another development in the downtown area of Jamaica. The lot was purchased this October for a stunning $22 million by Jamaica Towers from Gertz Plaza. Considering the high price tag and the lot's 719,736 buildable square feet, it seems likely that residential or mixed-use building is being planned for the site. No demolition permits have been filed with the DOB as of yet.

9. 87-65 171st Street

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89-65 171st Street
Jamaica, NY 11432

The two neighboring lots at 87-65 and 87-69 171st Street may give rise to an eight-story, 31-unit building. Permits proposing the project were filed with the DOB earlier this year. There isn't much information regarding the apartments' layouts or pricing as of yet. According to both a brief YIMBY post and the DOB permit, the building is being designed by M.S. Savani Architects.

10. Moda

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153-50 89th Avenue
Jamaica, NY 11432

Moda on 89th Avenue at Parsons Boulevard was completed in 2010 and is one of the pioneers of luxury residential development in Jamaica. The building brought a whopping 346 units to the area that are priced below and at market rate. Moda was developed by The Dermot Company. Similar to the influx of fancy amenities that are more common in Long Island City and Williamsburg buildings, Moda boasts an array of perks that include a gym, two roof decks, free wifi, and a 24/7 concierge.

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1. The Crossing

93-01 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11435

93-01 sits on the corner of Sutphin Boulevard and Archer Avenue and is, at the moment, a Duane Reade. But by mid-2015, it will become The Crossing, one of the biggest development projects and largest private investments in the area in decades. According to developer BRP Company, the project will be comprised of two buildings: a 14-story structure and a 25-story tower. The buildings will add 580 apartments to the area, 20 percent of which will be set aside as affordable housing. 93-01 will also bring Manhattan-esque amenities to the area, complete with a doorman and a glamorous deck.

93-01 Sutphin Boulevard
Jamaica, NY 11435

2. 190-11 Hillside Avenue

190-11 Hillside Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11423

Hillside Avenue in Jamaica Estates is soon to be home to a 21-unit building with a fancy penthouse that will boast not one, but two balconies. The penthouses are slated to ask a surprisingly pricey $2,500 a month—this is Jamaica after all—while one bedroom units will ask $1,600 a month. The building is being developed by TCX, who is also working on two other buildings in the area. All three buildings will add a total of 85 rentals to Jamaica. This particular development is slated to be completed in early 2015.

190-11 Hillside Avenue
Jamaica, NY 11423

3. 177-30 Wexford Terrace

177-30 Wexford Terrace, Jamaica, NY 11432

What was once a lovely single-family home near the F train on a 12,000-square-foot section of land in Jamaica Estates is now on the way to becoming an eight story building that will bring 68 apartments to Wexford Terrace. Studio apartments are proposed to cost $1,550, one-bedrooms will ask $1,750, two-bedrooms will ask $2,220, and the penthouses—of which there will be ten—will ask $2,600. The project is also the work of TCX, and is being assisted by Frank Pretuso.

177-30 Wexford Terrace
Jamaica, NY 11432

4. 177-16 Wexford Terrace

177-16 Wexford Terrace, Jamaica, NY 11432

Just down the block is the last of TCX's Jamaica developments, this soon-to-be building on Wexford Terrace between Kingston Place and Dalny Road. 117-16 Wexford Terrace will rise eight stories and cover about 18,000 square feet. The building will have about 20 apartments, most of which will be one-bedrooms. It might also have three open-air parking spaces. TCX is being assisted by Defonseca Architects, who will bring a "modern" facade to the building (although, to be honest, it pretty much looks like TCX's other two Jamaica developments).

177-16 Wexford Terrace
Jamaica, NY 11432

5. Norman Towers

90-14 161st Street, Jamaica, NY 11432

Norman Towers, also listed as 90-14 161st Street and 90-11 160th Street, hit the market this October. The nine-story, two-building project was headed by the Bluestone Organization and brings 21 two-bedroom units, 72 one-bedroom units, and seven studios to the area. All of the apartments are priced below market rate. The building also has a retail space on the ground floor and 51 parking spots. Apart from the affordability, the Towers are energy efficient, complete with a roof garden, solar panels, and low-emissions windows.

90-14 161st Street
Jamaica, NY 11432

6. Mary Immaculate Hospital

143-13 89th Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11435

The former Mary Immaculate Hospital, a neighborhood blight that has been closed since it went bankrupt in 2009, is in the midsts of being transformed into market rate rentals. Interior demolition began in late 2013 and a permit to convert the building from commercial to residential was filed with the Department of Buildings in mid-2014. According to the permit, the building is being reworked by ubiquitous Manhattan architecture firm Goldstein, Hill & West and is being developed by the Chetrit Group. The former hospital will be transformed into a 16-story luxury rental building containing 339 apartments. It’s not clear what amenities will be included yet, but considering that flashy amenities have become a way by which expensive buildings define themselves, it would be reasonable to expect a terrace or dog run, or maybe even a secret garden.

143-13 89th Avenue
Jamaica, NY 11435

7. 168th Street and Archer Avenue

Archer Avenue & 168th Street, Jamaica, NY 11433

This lot is currently occupied by a garage that's often used by the NYPD, but the city is eager to convert it into a combination of affordable and market rate housing. The Home Depot-adjacent lot sits on 168th Street and is wedged between Archer and Jamaica avenues. In 2007, NYCEDC issued a Request For Proposals for a mixed-use building including retail and apartments on the site, but was unable to realize any proposals because of the recession. No plans for the lot have been finalized yet, but with the current building boom in Jamaica, they probably aren't far off.

Archer Avenue & 168th Street
Jamaica, NY 11433

8. 163-05 Archer Avenue

163-05 Archer Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11433
163-05 and 163-25 Archer Avenue

might give way to yet another development in the downtown area of Jamaica. The lot was purchased this October for a stunning $22 million by Jamaica Towers from Gertz Plaza. Considering the high price tag and the lot's 719,736 buildable square feet, it seems likely that residential or mixed-use building is being planned for the site. No demolition permits have been filed with the DOB as of yet.

163-05 Archer Avenue
Jamaica, NY 11433

9. 87-65 171st Street

89-65 171st Street, Jamaica, NY 11432

The two neighboring lots at 87-65 and 87-69 171st Street may give rise to an eight-story, 31-unit building. Permits proposing the project were filed with the DOB earlier this year. There isn't much information regarding the apartments' layouts or pricing as of yet. According to both a brief YIMBY post and the DOB permit, the building is being designed by M.S. Savani Architects.

89-65 171st Street
Jamaica, NY 11432

10. Moda

153-50 89th Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11432

Moda on 89th Avenue at Parsons Boulevard was completed in 2010 and is one of the pioneers of luxury residential development in Jamaica. The building brought a whopping 346 units to the area that are priced below and at market rate. Moda was developed by The Dermot Company. Similar to the influx of fancy amenities that are more common in Long Island City and Williamsburg buildings, Moda boasts an array of perks that include a gym, two roof decks, free wifi, and a 24/7 concierge.

153-50 89th Avenue
Jamaica, NY 11432