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.