February 10, By Hannah Wulkan
A carwash in Jackson Heights could soon be replaced with an eight-story office building, according to zoning documents filed with the City.
Developer H&M LLC filed a request for a zoning change to build an office building at 74-04 Northern Boulevard, YIMBY first reported, which would contain a total of 122,880 square feet of space for retail, parking and office space.
According to the proposal, the building would be 83 feet tall and would have retail on the ground floor, 219 parking spaces on the second and third floor, medical offices on the fourth floor, and commercial offices on the fifth through eighth floors.
In order to build, however, the developer needs a zoning change to build a development that tall and dense. Currently, the area is zoned for low density commercial uses such as carwashes and gas stations, and only allows a 1.0 floor area ratio, which determines the ratio of total building floor area to the area of the lot.
The proposed development requires a 4.53 FAR, according to the proposal.
The developer estimates that it will take about a year to get permits approved, and plans to start building in 2018, with a year long construction period.