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Plans Filed for a 10-Story Apartment Complex in Forest Hills

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March 5, 2018 By Tara Law

Plans were filed with the Dept. of Buildings Friday for a 10-story, 72-unit apartment building on Queens Boulevard that would replace a row of Forest Hill shops.

The building would stretch from 107-02 to 107-16 on Queens Boulevard and incorporate 106-24 and 106-26 on 70th Avenue— where businesses Party World, Caffe Biu Bella, Liz Cleaners and other stores were formerly located.

The developer, RJ Capital Holdings, purchased the property in 2016 for $21.1 million. The company released renderings of an 8-story office building intended for the location that year, but the plans were never filed with the Department of Buildings.

The new building, according to the plans, will include retail or service spaces on the first floor, 75 parking spaces on the second floor and apartments on floors three through 10.

Additional service space will be available in the cellar, as well as room for 64 bicycle parking spaces.

The building, scheduled to be completed in 2020, will have 11,635 square feet of commercial space and 72,827 square feet of residential space. The building’s total square footage w be a combined 136,00 square feet.

The site is a block from the Forest Hills-71st Avenue subway station (E/F/M/R) and is across the street from MacDonald Park and the Forest Hills post office.

Building tenants will have access to a recreation area, outdoor terrace, gym, lounge and playroom on the third floor.

The owner of Liz Cleaners, which closed earlier this year, said in January that the business owners had known that the properties would be demolished since early in 2017.

“Family owned businesses like mine are being forced out of the neighborhood,” he said.

Rendering (RJ Capital Holdings)

 

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Jimmy Van Pooch

Can’t wait to sit by the window in my new apartment, watching people going in and out of the post office.




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Nursultan

Party world was one of my favorite things about this neighborhood! this is exactly why we need better small business protections in nyc.




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Carrie

Their will be no more mom and Pops and the nice neighborhood I knew will look like the upper east side. I think we need an up s cale super market




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Neighbor

totally agree, it’s a shame there’s no Fairway or Wholefoods anywhere close in such affluent neighborhood. what do they think …




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David Kempler

I think we should build a hockey rink, there, and lure in the Edmonton Oilers.




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Midtowngirl

Where am I going to get my shoes repaired now? Also Party world was a great resource. They had EVERYTHING. Please stop all the construction. Queens is going to explode. The MTA is going to have to start commuter shifts on the subway and buses in order to accommodate the population.




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John O'Grady

This gentrification is destroying the character of the neighborhood … not unlike what’s been done in Brooklyn. The infrastructure can’t support




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Anne Rosen

Why don’t we tear down the ugly Russian structures down Jewel Ave and surrounding areas and have small businesses move there since residences are coming in where small businesses were?




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Art

“The Russian structures” that you are referring too are McMansions built by Bukharian Jews from Former USSR. They have as much to do with Russian as you do with Chinese.




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