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120-Year-Old Kew Gardens House to be Demolished, 20-Unit Building to go Up

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Feb. 5, 2018 By Tara Law

A 120-year-old Kew Gardens house will be demolished and an 8-story residential building will be built in its place.

Demolition permits for the 3-story, 2-family Tudor home at 117-03 Curzon Rd were filed in December. The house dates back to the construction of Kew Gardens as one of seven planned garden communities built in Queens between the late 19th century and 1950.

The property was purchased for $1.5 million in May.

The new 20-unit structure will be 80 feet tall and 14,498 square feet, according to Buildings Dept. filings.

The building will feature a rooftop terrace. A storage room and laundry room will be located in the cellar, and an entry foyer will be on the first floor.

The location is two blocks from Forest Park and six blocks from the Kew Gardens Long Island Railroad station. It is also seven blocks from the 121 Street subway station, which connects to the J and Z lines.

The property is owned by Morris Dayan of EEC Group Inc., and T.F. Cusanelli and Filletti Architecture is responsible for the design.

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Cat

Very sad. If these guys are replacing a 1 family home with multi-families then they should be required to build a parking garage with their building. Parking over here is already a nightmare and now it will be worse. This area was built for single families and to continue to tear those down and put up multi-families puts a greater strain Con Ed. A few years back, we had tons of power issues because the system in place is not made for multi-family residence.




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Cat

Very sad. If these guys are replacing a 1 family home with multi-families then they should be required to build a parking garage with their building. Parking over here is already a nightmare and now it will be worse. This area was built for single families and to continue to tear those down and put up multi-families puts a greater strain Con Ed. A few years back, we had tons of power issues because the system in place is not made for multi-family residence.




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Mediawatcher

Another dinosaur from a past era bites the dust, and good riddance!
The owners probably had to sell, as the heating bills for that monstrosity were eating them out of house and home.
Out with the old, in with the new; now 20 families will have a chance to live in a nice neighborhood, where only 2 did before.




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Ed

What made it nice was the low density. There are lawns here and kids actually play on them. When every single family house or duplex is replaced with 20+ units it will become Jackson Heights or Astoria (where there is little greenspace and the schools are overcrowded). At least those neighborhoods have a variety of restaurants and shorter commutes to Manhattan. Kew Gardens does not have either of those.




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Felice

Beautiful home. Sad to see these historically significant homes being knocked down by greedy builders. We need to respect and preserve our past. Renovation, not destruction!




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Urbanely

Sad to see these old houses being replaced with things completely out of scale. Two families to twenty families? The article states that there is LIRR and J train nearby but the kew gardens station has a short platform—only four cars long—so getting on the train during rush hour is a jam packed nightmare. The J line only rubs every 8-10 minutes and is already standing room only on the Manhattan-bound side by the time it gets to 121st. Without more frequent service it’s going to be ridiculous.

For those who don’t want to or can’t take mass transit, street parking is scarce and getting worse. R.I.P. Kew Gardens




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wendy

hey join the club.. this is what has been happening in Astoria for the past several years… very very sad




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