2016-09-14 / Features

Plan 272-Unit Hotel, Retail At Western Beef Site


The corner of Northern Boulevard and Steinway Street, formerly a Western Beef Supermarket, will soon be the site of a six-story, 272-unit hotel with retail space on the first floor. 
Photo Vinny DuPre The corner of Northern Boulevard and Steinway Street, formerly a Western Beef Supermarket, will soon be the site of a six-story, 272-unit hotel with retail space on the first floor. Photo Vinny DuPre Developers last week released plans for development of a parcel at the northwest corner of Northern Boulevard and Steinway Street, where a six-story, 272-unit hotel will rise on a site formerly occupied by a Western Beef Supermarket.

Initial plans indicate that the development will include 18,200-square-feet of retail space on the ground floor, with a potential to expand the retail space to 30,000-square-feet.

Plans show that a car wash, spa and restaurant located next to the property on Northern Boulevard will be demolished to make way for the hotel and retail space.

Plans for the development include parking spaces for approximately 60 vehicles.

Local history buffs may recall how a “Bikini Car Wash” that first opened at the site blasted music and created traffic jams in the mid-1990s, as scantily clad hostesses bolted in and out of traffic to distribute coupons to motorists. Traffic was backed up on local streets as well, as the women gyrated for motorists while drying just-washed vehicles. Police were forced to repeatedly respond to the chaos until the car wash was closed, several months later, for a variety of offenses.

The development is conveniently located near the 36th Street M/R subway lines and the Q101 bus line. It is within walking distance to the 31st Street elevated subway line and the Queens Plaza transportation hub.

The building will be located on the Steinway Street commercial strip, and within walking distance to a major supermarket. Kaufman Astoria Studios, Queens Council on the Arts, the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts and the Museum of the Moving Image are located just blocks away

The firm of Robert K. Futterman & Associates is acting as agent for the retail portion of the project. The development is scheduled for completion in Spring 2018.—Liz Goff

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