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Old Posted Mar 7, 2014, 1:15 AM
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This is a very significant development for the area, and will rise opposite a new 24-story hotel that is to begin construction.


http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/2014...n-station-area

$225M Tower Coming to Jamaica AirTrain Station Area


By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska
March 6, 2014


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A $225 million high-rise with retail space and several hundred apartments will be built near the Jamaica AirTrain station — part of series of developments seeking to transform the neighborhood, officials announced Thursday.

The project, planned for 93-01 Sutphin Blvd., at the corner of Archer Avenue, is the largest private investment in Downtown Jamaica in decades, according to the nonprofit Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, which owns the land.

The building, which will be constructed by BRP Companies, a New York-based development corporation, will replace a Duane Reade store, located on the north side of the LIRR and AirTrain stations.

Last year, Greater Jamaica officials said that according to preliminary discussions a residential project at the site would include as many as 500 mixed-income apartments, but on Thursday morning Greater Jamaica would not confirm those figures, saying that details are still being worked out.

The tower project follows the announcement last year of plans to construct a $35 million hotel with 210 rooms in the same area, but south of the AirTrain station.



An early rendering of the hotel being built just to the south at 93-43 Sutphin Blvd.




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This area has long been planned for redevelopment, but things have always fallen apart. Glad to see things finally coming together.

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Just to be clear, this is a separate proposal from the hotel.

This is supposed to be a 500-unit residential tower, so I hope it gives Jamaica some height.
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Just to be clear, this is a separate proposal from the hotel.
Yeah, different buildings, part of the same redevelopment.



http://queens.brownstoner.com/2014/0...ntown-jamaica/

400-Unit, 22-Story Tower set to Rise in Downtown Jamaica





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3/07/14


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Today at 11 am the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, Congressman Gregory Meeks and other local pols will hold a press conference to announce a $225,000,000 residential and commercial development planned next to the Air Train Station in downtown Jamaica. The location in question is the corner of Sutphin Boulevard and Archer Avenue. Times Ledger shares more info on this mega development, which will be developed by BRP Development Corp. and is the largest private investment in Downtown Jamaica in decades. The 22-story tower will hold 400 apartments and 80,000 square feet of retail space. It’s expected to have similar amenities to nearby rental development Moda, which has a fitness center, outdoor deck, resident lounge and laundry room.

According to the Ledger, “The project, which Greater Jamaica calls Site 6, is in an area of the downtown characterized at the street level by a traffic-choked intersection and a hodgepodge of low-rent retail properties that promises to be unrecognizable in a few years.” That’s true: a massive retail center’s already planned for the eastern side of the downtown area, as well as a 26-story hotel on the south side of the LIRR station.


http://www.timesledger.com/stories/2...4_03_07_q.html

Downtown Jamaica rises


By Rich Bockmann
March 6, 2014


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One of the most strategic and underdeveloped corners in downtown Jamaica is set to undergo a massive overhaul, with plans in the works to build 400 apartments and 80,000 square feet of retail space at one of the city’s busiest transportation hubs.

The Greater Jamaica Development Corp. is set to make an announcement Friday detailing the 22-story, mixed-use tower the nonprofit and its partner will build on the corner of Sutphin Boulevard and Archer Avenue

Site 6 sits at the nexus of transportation lines that carry more than 200,000 passengers each day, and as the city was putting the final touches on its plan to rezone the neighborhood in 2007 in order to promote transit-oriented development, Greater Jamaica began assembling nearly a dozen properties stretching about 600 feet east from Sutphin Boulevard along Archer Avenue.

Meanwhile, the city put plans in place to ease congestion to widen Archer Avenue and create public plazas where a handful of two- and three-story buildings now stand across the street. A project to extend Atlantic Avenue and create a traffic loop on the south side of the railroad tracks will also help mitigate gridlock.

Greater Jamaica released a request for proposals to develop the site in June 2012, and since that time the non-profit has announced several major development projects for the neighborhood, including a 160,000-square-foot retail center toward the eastern side of downtown and a 26-story hotel to be erected on the southern side of the LIRR station.
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Just a little bit of the back story on this redevelopment plan...


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The planned merchandise mart on the south end was the centerpiece of the plan...


http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/...ticle-1.232145



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October 30, 2007

Plans were unveiled last week for a 929,000-square-foot, $260 million international merchandise mart just south of the AirTrain terminal in Jamaica.

The 13-story complex will rise on the L-shaped site of a long-vacant meat-packing plant on Sutphin Blvd. and 94th Ave.

Calling it a "true international undertaking," the EDC chief said the project is a result of cooperation among Korean-based Prime Construction Co.; a Korean/American entity, HRH AC Development; and several American partners, including Kingsbridge-Jamaica and the Greater Jamaica Development Corp.

Demolition of the existing building - vacant since 1965 - is expected to be complete by the end of December. Construction of the new complex is to begin in the third quarter of 2008 and is scheduled to take approximately three years.


http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/...ticle-1.279867

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April 7, 2008

Major hotel development - including a 16-story Marriott Courtyard with 172 rooms, a 150-room Residence Inn and a third 150-room hotel - is planned for a proposed "airport village" in downtown Jamaica, Queens.


http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/20...ype=blogs&_r=0

Plans for Merchandise Mart in Queens Are Scuttled

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July 25, 2008

Plans to build a $260 million wholesale merchandise mart cater-corner from the glassy new Air Train station in Jamaica, Queens, have been scuttled because the South Korean co-developer has pulled out of the deal, people involved in the project said on Friday.

Paul Travis, the New York developer who spent two years getting the owner of the site to agree to a long-term lease, declined to comment. But Shane Kavanagh, a spokesman for Mr. Travis’s company, Washington Square Partners, acknowledged that a “the weakening global economy has affected the project.’’

Mr. Travis’s partner, Prime Construction in South Korea, developed Techno-Mart, a shopping center in Seoul that houses 2,000 electronics retailers. The 13-story Jamaica development was to have included 172,000 square feet of retail space and parking for 800 cars. It would have been the company’s first project in the United States.
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$225 million development coming to downtown Jamaica
The 26-story commercial and residential tower is the largest private investment in the neighborhood






By Clare Trapasso
March 7, 2014


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The skyline in downtown Jamaica, a discount shopping hub that has struggled to stage a comeback, is about to change.

A $225 million tower, with retail below and about 400 apartments above, is slated to break ground in early 2015 near the AirTrain to Kennedy Airport.

The tower is to clock in at about 26 stories. The next tallest structure in the neighborhood of 99 cent stores and takeout restaurants, is a 12-story federal building.

“We see it as a site that will attract new development,” said Carlisle Towery, president of Greater Jamaica Development Corp. “It’s the largest private investment [in the neighborhood.]”

Greater Jamaica spent about a decade acquiring six parcels of land for the site and helping to secure financing and developer BRP Companies for the project.

BRP plans to set aside at least a quarter of the units for affordable housing. But the number of apartments — and how many are affordable — may change, officials said.

The project will also include underground parking and about 80,000-square-feet of retail that will include a Duane Reade.

“We’re going to bring sexy to downtown Jamaica,” said BRP Managing Partner Meredith Marshall.

The tower is the latest shot in the arm for the up-and-coming neighborhood, which devolved into empty storefronts and crime in the 1970s. A 210-room hotel for business travellers is slated to go up this year nearby.

Local leaders have long touted the neighborhood as ripe for potential as the average family income within a mile of the downtown is $62,000, according to the Jamaica Center Business Improvement District.

Somehow, I knew the Duane Reade would be back.



http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article...er-in-jamaica#

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Carlisle Towery, president of the nonprofit, said that the group spent the past seven years and $8 million putting together the roughly 50,000-square-foot site that BRP Companies is now buying in the deal. Greater Jamaica Development originally began marketing the site two years ago, but couldn’t find any takers. Mr. Towery said that BRP Companies became interested in the parcel when it lost out on a nearby site on Sutphin Boulevard and 94th Avenue. There another development firm, Able Management, won the bid to build a 24-story hotel land that is jointly owned by Greater Jamaica Development and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

“BRP first was negotiating for the hotel site but then they indicated an interest in this larger parcel and that’s how the deal came together,” Mr. Towery said. “The development climate has changed, more developers are interested in the boroughs and Jamaica is benefiting from that.”


http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2014/0...apartments.php

Jamaica AirTrain's New Neighbor? Hundreds Of Apartments

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The master plan and rezoning are done, parcels are assembled, and BRP Cos is about to break ground on a 600k SF apartment and retail building that will spark loads more private development. (Take a photo now, so it can become a then photo in 20 years.)


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We snapped Greater Jamaica Development president Carlisle Towery, whose org has been teeing up redevelopment to take advantage of the $350M JFK AirTrain station and the connected LIRR and subway hubs. If all gets built, the master plan allows for 4.3M SF of new development.


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GJD recently completed an assemblage of 11 parcels and sold it to BRP, which is doing its diligence on exactly what will be included. GJD real estate head Justin Rodgers tells us it'll have at least 400 apartments, at least 80k SF of retail on the first two floors, and 300 below-grade parking spots.


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Here's the corner of Sutphin Boulevard and Archer Avenue now. The subway entrance right behind Carlisle will move across Archer to the north side of the street, and Archer is being widened. The $225M, 20-story BRP project will replace this three-story Duane Reade building (demolition is about to begin—you can probably get a good price on some trail mix and gauze) and extend more than halfway down the block along Archer (beyond the reach of our camera). Carlisle tells us the rezoning upped density near the transportation center but balances itself by maintaining or even downzoning in the more residential surrounding area.


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Walking from Duane Reade along Sutphin, we came across this underpass under the rail lines. These once were the LIRR loading docks. Now that the mechanicals have been rearranged and pushed to the back of the space, it's becoming a 6,000 SF retail arcade called The Shops at Station Plaza.


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The first tenant is already in: the waiting room for the 15-minute shuttle to Resort World Casino. 4,500 people take the ride every day.


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At the south end of the arcade, Able Management is building a 24-story, 240-key Hilton Garden Inn to support JFK, which is underserved, Carlisle and Justin tell us. It'll break ground this year and deliver 18 months later. (It will also be haunted by ghost trees on top of the second floor.)


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From the AirTrain station, we snapped part of the hotel site (the green building in the foreground) and part of the next parcel that GJD hopes will attract a private developer. The site can support as much as 1.2M SF. Nearby is a third parcel that could accommodate an even larger project.


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Across the street and next to the air train station is yet another full-block parcel. The Sutphin-facing strip is destined to become a park. And other parcels are awaiting development, as well.


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The 368-block rezoning allows for 5,200 housing units, 2.1M SF of retail, 1.8M SF of office, and as many as 2,000 hotel rooms. Some developers have already started developing a few blocks from the transit hub, which we snapped above from Sutphin and Archer. Dermot's 346-unit Moda at 153-50 89th Ave and Ciampa's 190 units nearby have delivered, and apartments in The Bluestone Org's 100-unit Norman Towers at 90-14 161st St are coming online now.
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The Crossing, at 93-01 Sutphin Blvd., near the LIRR station, will consist of two towers: One will be 25 stories, and the other will be 14.

The Crossing will include 580 mixed-income units and over 100,000 square feet of retail space.
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An early rendering of the hotel being built just to the south at 93-43 Sutphin Blvd.




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http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/...icle-1.1454065
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Now this I want to see move forward. It's an excellent location. Subway or LIRR at the door. Direct rail link to JFK and all of Long Island.
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Luxury Residence Among Buildings Changing the Face of Jamaica




By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska
October 20, 2014


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Jamaica, once an overlooked and crime-ridden area in Southeast Queens, has been undergoing a transformation into a vibrant neighborhood, with a slew of new upscale apartment buildings, hotels and stores.

One of them, set to be built next to the AirTrain station, is the 580-unit luxury complex called The Crossing, which will have roof terraces and a 24-hour doorman among other amenities.

“It is gratifying to see so many projects in various stages of development taking advantage of Downtown Jamaica’s unparalleled transportation and other assets,” said Carlisle Towery, president of the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, a local nonprofit group that has worked for decades to bring new investments to the neighborhood.

Jamaica, which is only minutes from the airport, has become a major transportation hub, ever since JFK’s AirTrain station opened there in 2003.

Since then a number of hotels have been built in the neighborhood.

And two major projects will soon alter the area located directly across the street from the AirTrain and Long Island Rail Road station.

A 24-story Hilton Garden Inn will bring 210 rooms, a restaurant and a business center to the area.

And The Crossing will feature more than 100,000 square feet of retail space. It is the largest private investment in Downtown Jamaica in decades, according to Greater Jamaica Development Corporation.

“Things are getting better every day for those who work, live, visit or play in what more and more investors see as a strong and vibrant center,” Towery noted.

The construction of Moda, a 12-story apartment building, which opened in 2010, introduced new levels of amenities in residential buildings in Jamaica, by offering a 24/7 concierge, two rooftop decks, a gym and a lounge with free Wi-Fi.

But efforts to attract a department store to the neighborhood are often seen as perhaps the most significant sign of improvement.

Jamaica, once the shopping hub for much of Queens and Long Island, used to be home to three department stores — Macy’s, Mays and Gertz. But all of them closed in the 1970s.

Now, the Blumenfeld Development Group is planning to convert two parking lots on 168th Street, near 90th Avenue, into a massive 160,000-square-foot retail store and a 550-space parking garage.

Other developers showing interest in the area include The Chetrit Group, which owns the shuttered Mary Immaculate Hospital and is considering turning the building into market-rate housing, according to Jamaica officials.

And United American Land, which owns three buildings on Jamaica Avenue, between Union Hall and 160th streets, is planning to turn them into retail space.


The Crossing

The development, at 93-01 Sutphin Blvd., near the AirTrain and Long Island Rail Road station, will consist of two towers: One will be 25 stories, the other 14 stories. They will boast 580 mixed-income apartments, including affordable housing units, and more than 100,000 square feet of retail space, according to BRP Companies, which is developing the property. The $225 million project will feature a number of amenities, including a 24-hour doorman, children's play room and roof terraces. Groundbreaking is expected to take place in the second quarter of 2015.










Hilton Garden Inn

The hotel, at 93-43 Sutphin Blvd., will be located directly across the street from the AirTrain and Long Island Rail Road station. The 24-story building, a project of Able Hotels, will bring 210 new rooms to the area. The $35 million project will also have a sit-down restaurant and a business center. Groundbreaking is expected to take place sometime next summer.


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Keeping an eye on this also...(directly behind the hotel)


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Property in Downtown Jamaica Listed for Sale for $24 Million





By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska
December 9, 2014


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A property near the AirTrain station in downtown Jamaica, which houses a longtime seafood company, has been listed for sale for $24 million — one of the highest asking prices in the area in recent times, according to CPEX, a real estate firm that manages the site.

The lot, which is owned by World Wide Food Products, has the total space of about 35,000 square feet and buildable space of more than 420,000 square feet, according to the listing.

The site is located near the AirTrain station, where two major developments are expected to break ground next year, including a 24-story Hilton Garden Inn.

The other project, set to be built on the opposite side of the tracks, aims to bring 580 mixed-income apartments and more than 100,000 square feet of retail space.
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Rendering of a Hilton Garden Inn planned for downtown Jamaica. The four star hotel will rise 24 stories and have 240 rooms.


Court decision clears the way for luxury hotel in downtown Jamaica

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"This is the first of what will be many positive and productive developments that take advantage of Jamaica's unique transportation assets for the benefit of all those who live, work and visit the area," Greater Jamaica president Carlisle Towery said.

The 240-room hotel will rise 24 stories across from the Air Train on Sutphin Blvd. — a 10-minute ride to JFK Airport and a 22-minute commute to midtown Manhattan via the Long Island Rail Road, Towery said.

Officials hope the 4-star hotel will lure business travelers and others to the once-rundown area that is now being redeveloped into a destination.
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Developer Acquires 93-01 Sutphin Boulevard, Plans 580-Unit Mixed-Use Development, Jamaica


Conceptual 93-01 Sutphin Boulevard, rendering via BRP Companies

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BRP Companies has acquired the development assemblage at 93-01 Sutphin Boulevard, immediately north of Jamaica Center in Downtown Jamaica, for $19.5 million. The developer plans to building a mixed-use project measuring a total 737,000 square feet. Retail space will measure 100,000 square feet across three floors, and 580 residential units are expected. A slew of low-rise commercial buildings must first be demolished, and FXFOWLE is designing, according to The Real Deal.
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This area is a real dump, but it shouldn't be since it's a transit hub 15 mins from Penn. It seems that it will gentrify.
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This area is a real dump, but it shouldn't be since it's a transit hub 15 mins from Penn. It seems that it will gentrify.
Not to get into a debate about gentrification here, but that isn't the answer to every problem. Nor should it be. The district will likely remain a thoroughfare for the working class, and it needs to. Sitting next to the hub of the LIRR, there will be direct access to Manhattan, Downtown Brooklyn, as well as Kennedy and all of Long Island. You could argue it's one of the best transit centered developments in the city. And for that, I love it.
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I have no doubt it will gentrify, my friend.

Queens and The Bronx are the last frontiers.
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I have no doubt it will gentrify, my friend.

Queens and The Bronx are the last frontiers.
I agree with the Bronx but Queens in recent years have been developing at a rate comparable to Brooklyn. Just look at what's happening in LIC, Astoria or even Flushing.
Besides like NYGuy said, not every single area in the city needs to be gentrified.
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Besides like NYGuy said, not every single area in the city needs to be gentrified.
I'm not sure I agree with that. Let's let the market decide.
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Not to get into a debate about gentrification here, but that isn't the answer to every problem. Nor should it be. The district will likely remain a thoroughfare for the working class, and it needs to. Sitting next to the hub of the LIRR, there will be direct access to Manhattan, Downtown Brooklyn, as well as Kennedy and all of Long Island. You could argue it's one of the best transit centered developments in the city. And for that, I love it.
By gentrify, I mean that normal people will be there. Right now, that stretch of Sutphin is inhabited by lowlives. That would be a good area for young professionals since it's a 15 min express ride to Penn.
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