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Rego Park Storefronts Likely to Be Demolished for 9-Story Residential, Retail Building

92-54 Queens Blvd., a one-story building made up of six stores. (Google Maps)

Dec. 10, 2018 By Meghan Sackman

Several storefronts along Queens Boulevard in Rego Park could face the wrecking ball soon to make way for a single new development.

The plans, filed with the Department of Buildings on Dec. 6, call for a nine-story residential and commercial building at 92-54 Queens Blvd., just a couple of blocks away from Queens Center Mall.

The site today encompasses six stores, including Metropolis Bicycles and Shoe Repair Supplies Inc., in a single-story building built back in 1948.

The new development would see 30 apartment units in a building spanning 39,400 square feet, and includes enclosed parking for nine spaces.

The development site, outlined in red. (Google Maps)

The first floor will be reserved for retail and commercial use.

The property is owned by Hai Heng Luo, and is listed under Quincy Realty LLC. Records show the property was sold for $9.6 million in August.

Demolition plans for the building have yet to be filed.

The developer did not immediately respond to questions about the project by press time.

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25 Comments

Anna

Taking sunlight away from bedrooms and kitchens in the building right next to it. Beyond messed up. Quality of life already sucks here because of all the noise and the neighbors, and it’s going to get that much worse.

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rikki

If they are rent stabilized apartments it can be a quality of life issue. If they are Market rate rentals or condos , you are outta luck fighting it….

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COCED

i don’t quite understand these lamentations about the block. it’s an ugly concoction of dilapidated businesses. i’m pretty sure the new building will have space on the ground floor for business

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JAdams

I have lived in Rego Park for most of my life, parents are still there to this day in Park City Estates. I have been gone since joining the Army over 20yts ago, but every time I go home to visit it’s something new being built. I remember shooting at Alexander’s on Queens Blvd as a young kid with his mom, I remember Lenny’s pizza on 63rd and so many other places of my childhood. As kids we played in 206 park and enjoyed our neighborhood. Now it’s packed! Parking is a joke, high rises dominate the sky blocking the sun, CO-OPS everywhere with outrageous pricing. I don’t recognize my home anymore. I have been working on my parents leaving NY because it’s just too much for them to deal with in their own neighborhood on their own. I love Rego Park , Queens and always will but the people need to take a stand against terraforming of our beloved home. It’s all about money with these developers and no one cares about the people.

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HANS G VON RITTERN

I agree with you 1,000%!! Spot on! (Born raised Rego Park 1955). Now in Sunnyside watching that neighborhood get erased too. Leaving NYC permanently next year – too upsetting watching everything slip away from you. No thank you.
(Don’t forget Howard Johnson’s and the Burger train restaurant!)

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Gerald

Great, more of the same. Soon all of Queens will look all the same and that is gonna truly SUCK!!!

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Alan

Has anyone in this thread notice how bad the subways and buses are? They are already overcrowded and not reliable. As far as bicycles go, if you ride to work, does your workplace have a shower for you when you get there? How are you going to ride in bad weather? How do you transport your groceries and children on a bicycle? Bicycles are not a practical form of transportation.

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Peter

I bike to Manhattan from Forest Hills. I take it easy on the way in to not get too sweaty and simply change my shirt when I get there. I own nice dress pants I bought from Costco that have an athletic feel to them and I don’t have to worry about getting messed up. At this time of the year, I wear a balaclava under my helmet, some medium weight gloves, and a good wind proof jacket. You’d be surprised how fast you warm up. I get to work just as fast by bike, and it’s a much better experience than riding in the sardine can of the F or E train.

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Dorothy A Pappert

Building new apartments is not just about housing and parking. It’s also about affordability, over crowded schools, available day care, garbage and other practical issues.

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Gerald

Im a city worker and a true middle class guy. How come I’ve been applying to affordable housing for 15 years and despite being a prime candidate, I am never chosen? Maybe because it’s all a SCAM!!!

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HANS G VON RITTERN

What happens to all the sunlight those apartment buildings behind enjoyed for the past 70 years??

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rikki

If they are rent stabilized rentals too bad…….if they are full price rentals or coops, they could have a fight on their hands.

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Jack

Crasy…more apartments more people more cars-we are already like the sardines in the can!
And I hear people saying THEY DONT WANT ANYONE driving. What about if you want to take trips with your family or go to the beach-ride a bike?

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Carla. V. Mosby

Thats Great !!! Building up the neighborhood will be good for the people that live here.

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Terri Haliwell

30 apartments and only 9 spaces, parking is already hard to come by here, they should be required to have at least 45 spots for 30 apartments!

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Marco

How the hell are you going to ride your bicycle if you work at the one of the Airports or somewhere that there’s no train lines

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Peter B.

I know a mechanic at United who bikes almost every day to LGA (which is all of about 4 miles from Rego Park). Then there is this thing called the *bus*. The Q72 is a short walk from this building and runs straight to LGA.

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Peter B.

You don’t want more parking than that. It just invites more and more cars. New buildings on Queens Blvd should have minimal parking and encourage folks to move in who do not rely on cars – especially as it sits on a bike lane and bus and subways. Cars don’t stay parked, if you push for more parking with these buildings, you’ll be competing with those drivers at Trader Joes, The Y, Austin St., etc. So be happy they are including the minimum.

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COCED

so, that’s your solution – encourage people without cars to move in? how about penalizing them if they decide to buy a car! evict them, that’s it, problem solved )
Trader Joe’s parking designer should be in jail for professional unfitness (is there such a word?) by the way …

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DJ

I agree – the overcrowding is getting worse
I am in Kew Gardens and they plan to destroy the municipal parking lot they just finished in Feb 2018 to build a 29 story 6000 inmate jail two blocks from PS99 school and kindergarten . The borough president is NOT concerned -She does not attend meetings on this issue – she is running for Queen’s DA so it won’t be in her backyard .
We already have a homeless women’s shelter and homeless men then women occupying the Days Inn (which changes names every 6 months)

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