The city’s department of Housing, Preservation and Development has filed a permit to construct a 94,000 square-foot building in Edgemere, just west of Far Rockaway. The permit, first reported by New York YIMBY, calls for a 101-until building with 500 square feet of commercial space. The empty lot sits between Rockaway Beach Boulevard and the elevated Long Island Rail Road track close to the beach. Curtis & Ginsberg Architects is designing the project. The rendering above, from the architect’s website, is titled Edgemere West and is listed as unbuilt.
Edgemere, near the eastern edge of the Rockaway peninsula, is somewhat undeveloped on it’s ocean-facing side. It was a beach destination in the 1920′s but now is largely residential. Forgotten NY has a short history of the area with photos of the crowds that once flocked to the beach there and the huge hotels that once catered to them.
Does anyone have any insight into this project and why the city is choosing to develop the property itself?