2011-11-16 / Features

Social Security Administration Plans Move To LIC Location

Alma Corporate Headquarters at 31-10 37th Ave. in Long Island City. Alma Corporate Headquarters at 31-10 37th Ave. in Long Island City. Developer Steve Valiotis, owner of Alma Realty, is giving seniors in Western Queens something to be thankful for when they carve up their bird this Thanksgiving holiday.

Federal officials have signed off on an agreement to lease a portion of the ground floor at the Alma Corporate Headquarters at 31-10 37th Ave. in Long Island City, where the government plans to open a Social Security Administration (SSA) office, an Alma spokesperson said.

The new location will incorporate SSA offices that were closed in Astoria, Long Island City and Jackson Heights – a move decried by local politicians and senior citizens who were forced to take their business to a centralized office in Jamaica, Queens.

Owner Alma Realty completed renovations on the former warehouse building in early 2007. Restorations included extending the building from three to five stories, installing an elevator and underground parking facility.

With the addition of the two floors, the building offers 100,000 square-feet of space, approximately 22,000 square-feet per floor. The building, located in the heart of the Dutch Kills community, extends from 31st Street to 32nd Street on 37th Avenue in Long Island City.

The SSA offices will be located on the 31st Street side of the building, an Alma spokesperson said.

Alma officials will publish a Request For Bids (RFB) for interior design work at the site, as soon as federal officials approve the changes.

The new location offers easy access to the N and Q subway lines, the Q-102 bus (31st Street) stops directly outside the building and underground parking facilities are available for use by seniors and others who will visit the new SSA offices.

As the Gazette goes to press no date has been announced for occupancy.

–Liz Goff

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