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7-Story Apartment Building to Replace Century-Old House in Kew Gardens

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July 2, 2018 By Tara Law

A developer has filed permits to replace a home that has stood in Kew Gardens for over a century with a 7-story residential building.

The plan calls for the construction of a 19-unit apartment building at 116-17 Grosvenor Lane. A 3-story tudor home was built on the property in 1899.

Grosvenor Realty Group, the development company, purchased the property in September for $1.35 million. The company filed permits to demolish the house in December. 

The new structure will consist of 13,960 square feet of residential space and be 65 feet tall.

The building will feature a first floor residential lobby, as well as a laundry room and bicycle parking room in the cellar.

The property is about three blocks from the Kew Gardens Train Station, two blocks from Forest Park and six blocks from the 121 St/Jamaica Ave. (J) subway station.

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Judith Gold

What a shame. I live here for almost 30 years. This is such a nice quant area. That is why we moved here. The developers are destroying this area. This will become a city with congestion. We already have metropolitan ave with such traffic. Why here go somewhere else developers? Changing whe whole area to make money greedy . Good will be destroyed.

Karen Koenig

If the house was landmarked, I believe they would not be able to build an apartment building there.


1 block from all the shopping you want…..metropolitan ave. ok this makes sense Hate to see an old building destroyed, but there are 2 apt buildings across the street so it won’t change the hood drastically like a lot of others do


I’m sure the people who lived here before that house was put up said the same thing back then. The population is growing, property value is increasing and old structures are deteriorating.


I grew up in Kew Gardens (29 years), my mother still lives there now for over 40 years…I will never ever live in KG again with all of the development that has gone on and unending highway construction near the interchange. It’s become a travesty when it once felt like a quiet suburb in a big city. It won’t be long before they start to develop on the Jewish owned homes below 84th Ave when they sell, such a shame.

John J. O'Grady

Politicians are allowing neighborhoods and local character to be destroyed. I assume the building was a landmark.


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