December 6, By Domenick Rafter
A number of Queens Boulevard stores and a well-known restaurant are likely to be demolished to make way for an eight-story mixed use building, according to city building records
Demolition permits were filed Nov. 15 that call for the bulldozing of 107-02 through 107-16 Queens Boulevard, which is home to Caffe Biu Bella as well as stores such as Party World.
The new building is likely to consist of ground floor retail with office space on the higher floors. The site is near the 71st Ave/Continental subway station and is across from MacDonald Park and the Forest Hills Post Office.
Rudolf Abramov, who is the principal of RJ Capital Holdings, a Bayside-based development company, is listed as the owner of the property.
RJ Capital’s website provides some details on the plans.
The plans, which have yet to be filed with the Buildings Dept., include 12,500-square feet of ground floor retail space and slightly over 17,000-square feet of commercial space in the lower cellar for a gym.
The second floor will be used for parking, with about 240 spaces expected to be available in the building.
The third floor will feature 17,053-square-feet of office space, while floors four through eight will have 10,514-square-feet of office. The fourth floor will feature a rooftop terrace.
Frank Gulluscio, the district manager of Community Board 6, said the board had not been notified about the demolition, which is typically the case when demolition is imminent. “We would get a notice and we haven’t yet,” he said.
Abramov did not respond to an email request for comment by press time.
The company aims to complete the building by the first quarter of 2019, according to its website.