Aug. 12, 2019 By Christian Murray
Plans have been filed for a 21-story, 261-unit apartment building in Rego Park on a vacant lot next to the now-shuttered Our Lady of the Angelus Catholic Academy.
The plans, filed Aug. 6, call for a 143 feet tall building at 98-10 63rd Rd. that will include about 177,000 square feet designated for apartments, with the average unit measuring at about 675 square feet. The development will include 19,000 square feet for community facilities and 156 enclosed parking spaces.
The site was the former soccer field used by the academy. It is one block from the Rego Center Mall and a 5-minute walk to the 63 Drive-Rego Park subway station, serviced by the M and R trains.
Kenney Liu, a Flushing-based developer, is listed as the owner. He bought the lot from the Church of Our Lady of the Angelus for $30 million in January, according to City records.
Our Lady of the Angelus Catholic Academy closed in June 2018 after mounting debt and declining enrollment.
Liu is unlikely to need a zoning variance to complete the project, since the site is located in a R7 zone that caters to high-density residential buildings, according to a City Department of Planning spokesman.
The property is surrounded by several other high-rise apartment buildings.
Liu has several developments in Flushing. He is also behind a 55,000 square foot condo development that was recently completed at 97-45 63rd Drive.