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8-story development to go up in Kew Gardens, to replace red-brick houses

116-02 Curzon Road, Bluarch Architecture

Sept. 26, 2017 By Tara Law

A distinctive 8-story residential building is likely to go up in Kew Gardens that would replace two traditional red-brick houses.

The developer filed plans with the Buildings Dept. yesterday that would see a 32-unit structure go up on corner of the Curzon Road and 116th Road near Forest Park . The real estate publication New York Yimby was first to publish the renderings.

The building will encompass 83-61 116th Street and the neighboring lot at 116-02 Curzon Road.

Bluarch Architecture is behind the design that takes on an art-deco style.

The building will feature large rounded balconies made of cast-in-place concrete. Another part of the building, which will be located at 83-61 116th Street, will have a variegated balcony pattern facing floor-to-ceiling glass.

The building will replace two existing homes. A demolition permit has yet to be filed.

The developer is listed as Vincenzo Maimone, of Curzon Development LLC.

83-61 116th Street(GMAP)

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23 Comments

Anonymous

Most of the new buildings are cookie-cutter luxury housing.
This one is interesting, contemporary and original and matchs our Posh hair salon. 👍

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Carla

Why don’t they build this Miami where it belongs. So ugly. And no parking? How is this allowed? Parking is so bad here already. This is so upsetting.

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Anne Marie Whittaker

There should gave been zoning laws and architectural guidelines set up when Kew Gardens and Forest Hills were first created. Unfortunately, between Millenniels and immigrants, there is no appreciation of the heritage, green spaces, and harmony of this area; which is why Austin and Continental as well as Lefferts to Metropolitan are totally trashed, and have lost the ‘village’ concept. It is not too late to save these communities and revive the original intention of the developers of the ‘City Beautiful’ movement.

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Anonymous

The millennials are not the ones building these monstrosities since they do not have the finances in place to do that yet. It is the baby boomer generation that is destroying America. They are the lost generation with no style at all. Crushing the economy with the financial burden of their retirement and ruining old neighborhoods with their lack of style.

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Anne

Well, you are certainly entitled to your opinion, but I 5hink you’re 100% wrong. I’m a Baby Boomer who grew up in a Forest Hills when the area of Continental and Austin Street was called “The Village.” There were “villages” in almost every community in Queens, but everything started to change in the 1980s when chain stores moved in as mom & pop store owners retired. Immigration swelled communities and the need for housing increased. One family homes b3came illegal 2 and 3 family houses. Air rights were sold, and these huge apartment buildings went up, further overcrowding the already packed QB subway lines. Developers bought up private homes and let them sit empty until enough were owned to knock down for re-development. If you look at property records I would bet than at least 75% of the properties being developed are not owned by Baby Boomers; and are, in fact, owned by entities made up of investors who are relatively new to this country.
As for “crushing the economy with the burden of their retirement and ruining old neighborhoods…” hang on for a while longer. We’ll all be gone and you can cry about another group ruining your life.

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Kelly

I’m an artist & homeowner in KG. To the developer- I don’t think you have any clue what Art Deco means. What a joke! Allow me to educate you- look at the Chrysler Building for inspiration- THAT is Art Deco inspired!The existing house is a million times more true to architecture & style. How sad. Just what we needed, another apartment building and no available parking.

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stacey

you obviously don’t live in the neighborhood. The people of Kew Gardens appreciate, respect and are proud of its historic charm. I think we have solidarity on that. Am I right, KGers?

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Claudia Valdes

The architect/designer as well as the developer ought to take another look at this design. The only piece of greenery, besides the dollars, is at the very top of the building…sadly, it looks aseptic.

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Betty Rios

This is terrible!!!! What is happening to our city?! Destroying character and history. Way to go DOB.

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Anne

How awful! There’s no place to park now, and the trains at Kew Gardens are horrendously crowded. Who ok’s this crap? Who’s on the take at the QueensBuikding Department?

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Anonymous

I had a friend who lived in the corner little red house on Curzon and 116th, a truly beautiful home that had amazing charm on the inside. Virginia Kearns of Kearns Funeral Parlor designed much of the lively details of the house. Those red houses ARE the flavor of this very English style historic neighborhood. Now some truly tasteless huge grotesque apartment building will replace these lovely little homes…sad

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Anonymous

This is so sad, to have lived in the area for over 40 years, and see all our beautiful houses torn down. These replacement apartment buildings will have ruined the neighborhood.

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