The T Building, a 10-story Art Moderne structure at the Queens Hospital Center in Jamaica, is on track for redevelopment. Queens Courier shares news that the city restarted the process to transform the building — a former tuberculosis center — into 206 units of affordable housing. Plans to redevelop the T Building go back to 2012. It was originally proposed to be housing for low-income residents with chronic illness, but that plan was shot down by nearby residents. Then it was facing demolition. Then the Queens Hospital Center proposed a new plan for housing mental and chronic health patients.
The city hasn’t released details on the new proposal for redevelopment, but it will be different than the initial plan opposed by residents. It’s possible 75 of the apartments will be reserved for hospital patients who are discharged without anywhere to live. According to the Courier, no plans are finalized and it’s likely construction won’t start for more than a year.
The warehouse property at 147-07-37 94th Avenue, on the corner of Sutphin Boulevard in Jamaica, is now up for sale asking $24,000,000. DNAinfo reports that this is “one of the highest asking prices in the area in recent times.” The property in question has belonged to World Wide Food Products since 1975. It’s got 35,000 square feet total and more than 420,000 square feet of buildable development. Zoning could accommodate either a commercial or residential building.
That high ask takes into account the property’s proximity to the AirTrain station, as well as an uptick of other development nearby. As the DNAinfo article points out, there’s a 24-story Hilton Garden Inn expected to break ground next year, as well as a planned residential building with 100,000 square feet of retail space. And the average price of land in Jamaica (around $50-per-buildable-square-foot) is still way lower than what you’ll find in Long Island City these days.
The Queens hills are alive with the sound of music…high quality and diverse music. This weekend there’s something for just about every ear as bands are ready to play jazz, symphony, folk, classical, Irish, and bee bop. There’s even an autism-friendly trombone concert. Details on seven performances are after the jump.
Old Homes Queens first spotted this listing for a sprawling Colonial at 94-03 Park Lane South, right on the edge of Forest Park. The single-family home has four bedrooms and two bathrooms, and it’s on a 2,970-square-foot lot. We see lots of potential inside, including some of the original woodwork, but it will need a little TLC. Seems like a great reno project to us. The asking price is $568,800.
Visitors unfamiliar with southeast Queens will find a sweeping, green oasis in Baisley Pond Park, which sits on an irregular plot between Foch, Sutphin, Rockaway and Baisley Boulevards. The park’s 110 acres offer baseball, softball and cricket fields in its southern extension between Rockaway Boulevard and the Belt Parkway, children’s playgrounds, catch and release fishing in its large peaceful pond, and plenty of benches to laze on. This time of year the fall colors are beginning to blaze and the new promenade at the pond rim, with a dozen carven frogs, looks out over the mirrory pond and its collection of shorebirds.
Yesterday the HPD, New York State Homes & Community Renewal and the Bluestone Organization cut the ribbon at new affordable housing development Norman Towers, at 90-14 161st Street in Jamaica. The nine-story, two-building development holds 100 apartments — seven studios, 72 one-bedroom units and 21 two-bedroom units, as well as a two bedroom for the super. There’s also 5,773 square feet of commercial space, 4,063 square feet of retail space and 51 parking spots. (The Bluestone Group is moving their head offices into the building.) Bluestone also designed Norman Towers to be energy efficient, with a cogeneration system that will use a natural gas-fueled engine to generate electricity distributed throughout the building. The excess heat by-product of the electricity generation will be captured and reused to heat the building’s water heaters and boilers. There are also solar panels on the roof of the two buildings, as well as a roof garden that retains water on-site, Energy Star appliances and lighting, low-emission windows, and a fancy, energy efficient climate control system.
According to the HPD, the affordable development took $32,200,000 to build. The Bluestone Group purchased the site back in 2008 from the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation for $1,600,000.
Check out more pictures of the interior and the energy efficient features after the jump.