2017-03-15 / Front Page

Astoria Storefronts Face Wrecking Ball

By Liz Goff
The owner of several parcels on 31st Street in Astoria has filed plans to develop a six-story mixed use building at the site formerly occupied by several retail stores and restaurants.

The storefronts formerly occupied by the Wave Thai Restaurant, Havana Express Café, ABC Super Stores and a small discount store are located in a strip mall on 31st Street near 21st Avenue n Astoria – each of which will face a wrecking ball to make way for the new development.
Plans indicate that the development will be located on the north side of a Queens Library located at the site.
The building will feature 12343-square-feet of retail space on the ground floor, along with a mailroom and reading room for use by tenants. The second through sixth floors will feature 46,632-square-feet of residential space for 42 units, each measuring 1,110-square-feet, plans show. Preliminary plans call for development of condominium units at the building, but those plans may be altered during construction.
Plans also call for 1,500-square-feet of private outdoor patio space on the first floor and a 4,000-square-foot rooftop deck, reserved for tenants.
The building will also feature an exercise room, a music room, a dog wash service, bike storage space and a basement level parking facility with space for 62 vehicles.
Developer Rockfarmer Properties acquired ABC Superstores in December 2016 for $6.5 million and the other storefronts in September 2016 for $5 million.
Construction is slated to begin in mid-2018, and the development is expected to be completed in mid-2020.

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