December 8, By Domenick Rafter
A number of stores located on the corner of Queens Blvd and 65th Road are about to face the wrecking ball to make way for a eight-story mixed use building.
Bahar Corp., the developer, filed documents with the Department of Buildings on Nov. 30 seeking to install a side walk shed in preparation of bulldozing the structure. The company filed for a demolition permit in October.
The stores that once occupied the corner lot– at addresses that included 98-04, 98-06, 98-08, 98-10 and 98-12 Queens Blvd– lost their leases and have vacated the building.
The stores included Rego Park Cleaners, Gabriel clothing store, Vera Pharmacy, Sanji Indian Restaurant, Sato Japanese Restaurant and Masbia soup kitchen.
The new building will carry a 98-02 Queens Blvd. address. It will include 59 apartments, ranging from one-bedroom to three-bedroom, with balconies, 7,000-square feet of medical office space as well as retail on the street level and a parking garage for 59 cars.
The development was first announced in the summer of 2015 and construction was ewith a late 2017 completion date, but final permits were held up until last month.