June 12, By Christian Murray
A developer’s plan to convert a car wash on Northern Boulevard into an 8-story office building took a major step forward last month when the City Planning Commission approved the owner’s bid for a zoning change.
Developer H&M LLC filed a request for a zoning change to build a mixed use building at 74-04 Northern Boulevard, which would contain a total of 90,357 square feet of retail, community 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, community space on the fourth floor, and commercial offices on the fifth through eighth floors.
The site is a 20,000 square foot lot that covers the entire block on the south side of Northern Blvd between 74th and 75th Street. The lot is currently home to a 10,000-square foot car wash and a parking area.
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.
On March 9, Community Board 3 signed off on the plan by a vote of 17-8 and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz announced on April 21 that she supported it.
With the City Planning Commission now signing off on it, the plan just needs to be approved by the city council.
The developers plan to start building in 2018 and expect construction to take a little over a year.