The city will demolish the building at 78-19 Jamaica Avenue, in Woodhaven, which partially collapsed one year ago. (The photo above, from Project Woodhaven, shows what the building looked like right after the accident.) The Daily News reports that the head officer of 78-19 Jamaica Avenue failed to repair the building or show up in court. When he missed another court date last week, the DOB decided to go ahead with demolition. It’ll be done by a contractor hired by the HPD, then the city will bill the building owner for the work.
In the year since the collapse, the Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps. had to close down its headquarters located next door, and a nearby senior center relocated as well. The community rallied outside the building last month to bring attention to the increasing safety hazards.
This home in Woodhaven, at 87-10 85th Street, really has some charm going for it. The interior boasts plenty of dark wood detailing, and we love those curved bay windows. The big downside: It’s only two stories and configured as a two-family. Both of the kitchens also look like they need some significant upgrading. There was an open house here over the weekend — did any readers check this place out? It’s asking $645,000.
The collapsed, empty building at 78-19 Jamaica Avenue in Woodhaven continues to cause serious problems. The New York Daily News reports that the next door Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps. was doused by melting snow from the abandoned building, forcing the group to shut its headquarters. In the video above, you can see the amount of water damage caused so far. The building collapse — which happened way back in April — also forced a nearby senior center to move and it hasn’t been able to come back.
This January, reports surfaced that the landlord hired an architect to look into fixing the building. But according to the News, “The owner of the neglected building, 78-19 Jamaica Ave. LLC and its head officer George Kochabe have been ducking the city for months.” The city put out an arrest warrant for Kochabe for failing to show in court earlier this month. To bring attention to the increasingly dangerous structure, the community plans to rally outside the ambulance corps headquarters on March 2nd at 1 pm.
Work may soon be underway at 78-19 Jamaica Avenue, the abandoned furniture store that partially collapsed way back in April. The Forum reports that the landlord hired an architect to look into fixing the building, which has remained in its deteriorating state since the collapse. The DOB issued a number of violations here, although it’s reported that the landlord recently paid thousands of dollars in fines to the city. While the landlord wants to fix his property, area leaders believe the city should just go ahead and demolish it.
A senior center and an ambulance corps, located right next to the collapsed structure, were forced to move locations after the collapse. Local pols want to bring the two facilities back into the original building, and as the Forum notes, “The ambulance corps is working with CUNY Law School to try to get the owner to show cause as to why they building has not yet been fixed.”
The Department of Transportation is testing out different safety initiatives for Woodhaven Boulevard, a highly-trafficked thoroughfare that is the site of many accidents. Queens Courier reports that the DOT is three years into a five-year study. So far, the DOT added extended sidewalks and medians from Queens Boulevard to 62nd Road, made southbound traffic on the service road at the intersection of Union Turnpike and Woodhaven Boulevard a “must turn right” lane, and shrunk the two lanes of the service road into one. At a community meeting held this month, the DOT reported that since the improvements, crashes are actually up on Queens Boulevard to 62nd Road. Accidents at Union Turnpike and Woodhaven Boulevard decreased 29 percent.
The DOT will continue to implement safety changes — the service roads between Atlantic Avenue and Rockaway Boulevard will be changed into one lane of traffic and one parking lane. They also hope to create a northbound dedicated bus lane from the Belt Parkway to Liberty Avenue.
Woodhaven’s Saint Matthew’s Episcopal Church, at 85-45 96th Street, reopened with a new congregation last Friday. The church, on the National Register of Historic Places, is more than 100 years old. Queens Courier reports that it closed down in 2011 due to declining membership and financial problems. Earlier this fall the All Saints Episcopal Church in Richmond Hill announced they were moving in and renovating. They added handicap access to the entrance and are in the process of redoing the floors, chandeliers and furniture. They are also renovating the Wyckoff-Snediker Cemetery, located right behind the church building. The historic cemetery was used by families that lived on farmland in the area from 1792 to 1893.
The home for sale at 87-73 96th Street in Woodhaven has decent bones but it’s going to need some TLC. We don’t think many will love the bizarre ceiling pattern that reoccurs throughout the house, it also looks like the third floor is used as a three-bedroom rental that will need some upgrades. This could potentially be a huge single-family home but it will take some work to get there. What do you make of an ask of $679,000?
Here’s a cute house up for rent in Woodhaven, at 80-82 88th Avenue. The space comes with four bedrooms, a finished basement, laundry room and backyard. It looks very well maintained, too. The asking rent is $3,000 a month — not bad at all!