A recent Daily News article profiles the “humble Queens nabe” of Elmhurst, which has recently seen an onslaught of new development. The News mainly focuses on the residential conversion of the St. Johns Hospital complex, located across from the Queens Center Mall. When construction wraps on Queens Pointe, as it’s called, there will be 150 luxury rental apartments, several stories of retail and a 250-car parking garage. According to the article, “The developers estimate that they will be able to achieve rents of more than $45 a foot per year for the units, meaning a one-bedroom pad would likely go for over $2,500 a month.” (Luxury rentals at Elm East, on Broadway, leased quickly with rents topping $40 a foot.)
There are more developments slated for the neighborhood: a 69-unit condo tower at 70-32 Queens Boulevard, between 70th and 72nd Streets, and a six-story, 130-unit development for the long-empty site across from East Elm, also off Broadway. To be called West Elm, it’ll boast a private health club, an outdoor roof deck and 24-hour doorman. (Check out an exterior rendering after the jump.) There’s also the recent massive sale of the parking lot behind the Queens Place Mall.
With all that development, sales and rental prices are unsurprisingly rising in the neighborhood, which is better known for its low-rise housing stock. The median price for an apartment comes in at $338,500 — that’s compared to $288,500 in 2011. And an average apartment rents for $1,877 a month, compared to $1,350 in 2011.
Some of the glassy facade is now on display at the under-construction Elmhurst Library, located at 86-01 Broadway. The finished product — you can see a rendering after the jump — will be four stories and 30,000 square feet, roughly double the size of the old library. The new space will have separate library areas for adults, children and teens, a 32-computer Cyber Center, an Adult Learning Center, an interior reading atrium, and front and rear community gardens.
When the building broke ground in 2011, the aim was to open it in 2013. Last year, the ETA was pushed back to 2014. The latest estimation is to wrap construction by spring 2015. The facade was supposed to be finished by this month, but that’s obviously not on track either. While construction continues, the city is operating a temporary library at 85-08 51st Avenue, off Broadway.
After the jump, check out a few more photos of the facade.
Most of Whitney Avenue in Elmhurst runs from Broadway northeast to Roosevelt Avenue at 93rd Street, through a street grid that tilts northeast against the prevailing one. This was part of an early 20th century real estate development in which the streets were originally numbered and only later — by 1915 — were they given the names they still carry, Aske, Benham, Case, Denman, Elbertson, Forley, Gleane, Hampton, Ithaca, Judge, Ketcham, Layton, Macnish. By 1915, Roosevelt Avenue had been laid out and the el was under construction.
One of the jewels of Elmhurst, a neighborhood blessed with its fair share of historic houses of worship, is the cobblestone-exterior Elmhurst Baptist Church at Whitney and Judge. The cornerstone was laid in 1902, with the church completed the following year. There are Myanmar (Burmese) Baptist and Indonesian Baptist services offered here. Bayside’s so-called Cobblestone House has sometimes been claimed to be the only such structure in the borough, but this church can also qualify.
We got to take a tour of The Continental Park, a co-op redevelopment project in Elmhurst. Myles Horn, ABC Properties and Fisher Associates bought the 153-unit complex and started renovating units; 79 studio, one, two and three bedrooms hit the market last month. (1,000 people came to tour the units the first weekend the sales center opened.) Finishes in the apartments are very high end: oak flooring, white stone countertops, Italian cabinetry, custom bathtubs. The developer is also revamping common spaces and adding new amenities — many of the common areas were worse for wear before the renovation began. Once the project wraps, there will be a new resident’s lounge, children’s playground and fitness center.
Prices on studios start from $185,000; one bedrooms from $229,500; two-bedrooms from $347,500 and three-bedrooms from $509,500. Occupancy on the new units is expected for December or January.
After the jump, check out photos of the interior, model units, and under-construction spaces.
A 47,365-square-foot parcel — a former parking lot behind the Queens Place Mall, in Elmhurst — just sold for $26,500,000. Massey Knackal listed the site, at 88-18 Justice Avenue, back in March for $24,000,000. Queens Courier first reported news of the sale, with word that it comes with 227,352 square feet of buildable space. It’s zoned for both commercial and residential use. The buyer, Justice Ave Tower LLC, has yet to submit any building plans to the DOB, but we bet it’ll be something big…
If you ride the Long Island Rail Road Port Washington line as I have every day for the past couple of decades, no doubt you have noticed the four-story brick factory on the south side of the tracks the train roars past on 94th Street, about midway between the Woodside and Shea Stadium (now Mets Willets Point) stations. Well, I did, anyway, because I had noted the long-unused train siding, one of the last remaining vestiges of a time when the LIRR was used to move freight. I’m happy to report that the old factory has, instead of being razed for more “Fedders specials,” has been reinvented for the 21st Century as a building housing three high schools.
This month, 79 renovated studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments hit the market at the Elmhurst co-op development The Continental Park, which has 153 total units. The re-development of the building is the work of Myles Horn (behind the re-development of The Printing House in the West Village), ABC Properties and Fisher Associates. The available units feature oak flooring, white stone countertops, imported Italian cabinetry, custom bathtubs and plenty of fancy new fixtures. Many units also have large private outdoor spaces and washer/dryer hook-ups. Common spaces were renovated as well, with the addition of a children’s playground, fitness center and resident lounge.
Prices on the new units are as follows: 500-square-foot studios start from $185,000; one bedrooms ranging from 600 to 900 square feet start from $229,500; two-bedrooms ranging from 830 to 1,050 square feet start at $347,500; and finally three-bedrooms sized around 1,200 square feet begin at $509,500. Seems like there’s quite a bit of demand, too. The first weekend its sales center opened, around 1,000 people came to tour the units.
Check out some apartment renderings after the jump. GMAP
Behold, the new 69-unit, 11-story development slated for 70-32 Queens Boulevard, between 70th and 72nd Streets in Elmhurst. New York YIMBY snagged the rendering, which is designed by the architect Michael Kang. According to YIMBY, “It will include about 55,000 square feet of residential space, with all apartments around 800 square feet in size. In most of the city this would mean rentals, but these will simply be small condos, as is common in New York’s Chinese neighborhoods.”
The development will also include 5,500 square feet of ground-floor commercial space, a very small community facility, and a parking garage. The dense development is due to a 2006 rezoning that allowed for taller apartment buildings with ground-floor retail on Queens Boulevard between 50th and 73rd Streets. Construction on this one should last about a year.
It’s no secret that delicious bounty abounds in the borough. In fact, just last week QNS Brownstoner informed on two Restaurant Weeks that are set to take place this month: an entire Queens one and a Sunnyside promotion. Well, now it appears that the cup is overflowing as two additional cuisine celebrations were recently scheduled for next week: a Taiwanese vegetarian fest and a Thai pop-up gig. More info on jump page.
The restaurants at Elmhurst’s new “Restaurant Row,” a formerly vacant lot next door to the Queens Center Mall, plan to open in October. DNAinfo writes that an Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse and Joe’s Crab Shack are all hiring workers, then the Olive Garden is scheduled to open October 27th and the Longhorn Steakhouse will open October 11th. There’s no set date for Joe’s Crab Shack yet.
The Mattone Group started construction on the new development earlier this year. (Their original plans called for a movie theater here, but it fell through.) The “restaurant row” plans caused controversy with local pols, who believed the developers weren’t upfront about the development to the community. There was also concern about increased traffic in the area.