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Eight-Story Development Planned for Woodhaven Boulevard in Rego Park

Illustration reveals proposed massing at 68-19 Woodhaven Blvd. – Source: City Planning

Dec. 4, 2020 By Christian Murray

A developer has filed plans to construct an 8-story, 92-unit building on the corner of Woodhaven Boulevard and 68th Road in Rego Park.

The building would go up at 68-19 Woodhaven Blvd. and the plan involves the demolition of a building that contains a florist/garden center as well as an auto repair shop. The new building would include 28 affordable units that would be dedicated for seniors who earn an average of 80 percent of the Area Media Income, or $ $72,800 for a couple.

The developer, listed as 68-18 Rego Park LLC, needs the property rezoned in order to move forward with the plan. The application for the rezoning was certified by City Planning on Nov. 24 and the public review process has started.

The plans call for 8,000 square feet of retail space and approximately 8,720 square feet for medical offices.

The development site at the corner of Woodhaven Boulevard and 68th Road currently houses a garden center and auto repair shop (Google)

The building would include 81 accessory parking spaces, with 63 located in the cellar and 18 spaces at the rear of the building,

The development site was bought in August 2019 by 68-18 Rego Park LLC. for $5.35 million from John J McCloskey.

The plans are about to go before Community Board 6 for review since a rezoning is involved. The board is required to hold a public hearing before issuing an advisory opinion on the project and whether a zoning change should be permitted.

The plans will then go to the Queens Borough President’s office for another advisory opinion, before going to the City Planning Commission and then the City Council for a binding vote.

The rezoning application will need the support of Council Member Karen Koslowitz in order to pass the City Council. It is customary for the City council to vote according to the wishes of the local representative where the zoning change is proposed.

Illustration reveals proposed massing at 68-19 Woodhaven Blvd. – Source: City Planning

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Elsa Gansevoort

Luxury living next door to a “Minute Motel”… How grand. Perhaps this developer should purchase the haven and the body shop as well. At least it would suit the neighborhood better and not look as bad as it does now.

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Sara Ross

HOW MANY MORE RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS ARE THEY GOING TO BUILD HERE?????? I’ve lived in Queens my entire life and have never seen such a glut of buildings but no stores for people to shop in. We need small businesses. THAT’S what makes a neighborhood! These developers live in million dollar mansions out of Queens County and maybe even out of state and don’t give a dam about neighborhoods or the people who live there.

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Marie Essex

That is a horrible idea. What a mess it will be for a long period of time. The residents in our bldg. right next store to this project, will have a big obstruction, when looking out the window. No more view from our windows. Beside the point the mess it will make on the block, while constructing. How about thinking about the residents in our community, who have lived here for decades having to put up with this. Money is the driving point for this. Greed is the worst sin. I pray, this will not happen. The community will be up in arms. Disgusting. Be great, if this was happening to the people who are voting on this project. Then, it would be a different story. Wouldn’t it.

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