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 variance 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 to acquire a zoning variance 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 developers estimate in the proposal that it will take about a year to get permits approved, and plans to start building in 2018, with a year long construction period for the building.
The filed plans also lay out alternative scenarios if the current proposal is shot down.
If the Board of Standards and Appeals refuses to approve the variance, the site will remain in its current condition. However, if the BSA agrees to altar the zoning–made subject to the condition that affordable housing be included– the proposal would be modified.
The developer would then propose to build be a 6-story, 53-unit building with retail on the ground floor, parking in the cellar, and apartments on the second through sixth floor.