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Popeyes and Adjacent Buildings Likely to be Bulldozed to Make Way for 12-Story, 201-Unit Building

Northern Boulevard and 34th Avenue (Photo: QueensPost)

April 3, 2019 By Christian Murray

A 12-story, 201-unit building is likely to go up on the corner of Northern Boulevard and 34th Avenue as plans to rezone the site are close to being approved.

The building would go up on a 30,000 square foot site that is currently home to Popeyes, a Sushi restaurant, a tire shop, a Kumon learning center and a house of worship.

The developers, Ashley Young LLC and John Young Associates, are seeking to change the current C8-1 zoning on the 47-15 34th Ave. site to R7X/C2-4 in order to move forward with the project.

The C8-1 zone does not permit residential buildings and is geared more toward auto-oriented uses and big box stores. Buildings within that zone are also limited in scale. The buildings that currently occupy the site—which are one and two stories tall– maximize what is currently allowed by existing zoning.

The developers are therefore seeking a zoning change that will permit residential use as well as a building six times the size of the 30,000 square foot site area-under R7-X, with a C2-4 commercial overlay.

The proposal calls for 201 units, of which 61 would be permanently affordable under Mandatory Inclusionary Housing guidelines. The development would contain 8,800 square feet of commercial space and 4,700 square feet of community facility space. The community facility would be used by Urban Underground, which provides services for underserved adults and children, as well as a pre-school. There would be 77 parking space, most of which would be below ground.

The developers, with the support of City Planning, argue that the current C8-1 zoning is no longer the most appropriate use for the site, and that sites along Northern Boulevard would be better utilized for residential use.

“The Department of City Planning finds that support of residential development on these sites better aligns with the city and community’s vision for Northern Boulevard than the existing auto-oriented use,” said Blake Montieth, an urban planner for Dept. of City Planning, who presented the rezoning application to the City Planning Commission during a hearing on Feb. 25.

However, the project has met some community opposition, since the public review process—known as ULURP– began on Nov. 13. The initial proposal was for a 14-story building, although with the same number of units.

Community Board 1 opposed the application in its opinion on Jan. 22, rejecting it by a vote of 31 to 4 with one member abstaining.

“CB1 believes the proposed rezoning application, as submitted and certified, will produce a building that is significantly out of scale and context with the surrounding development,” the board wrote in its non-binding, advisory opinion

The board noted that the development is near many two- and three-family homes, particularly to the north of the site.

“A more appropriate transition between Northern Boulevard and the neighborhoods to the north would be developments with maximum heights between eight and 10 stories,” the board wrote.

The board was not satisfied with the affordable housing component of the plan—despite it complying with the City’s MIH Option 2, where 30 percent of the units (61 in this case) were to be set aside for applicants earning 80 percent of the average median income, or $68,720 for a family of four.

The board wanted the income limits to be lower, noting that in the five census tracts surrounding the project the median housing income is $41,115.

The developer revised the plans, dropping the height to 12 stories and made a pledge to offer two-thirds of the affordable units (40 units) at 60 percent of the AMI. The revisions, however, are not binding.

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz weighed in on the plan—as part of the public review process—on Feb. 21. She approved the plan and commended the developer for working with the community by reducing the height and changing the affordable housing component. Like CB1, her views are advisory.

The plan is currently being reviewed by the City Planning Commission and a vote is likely to take place on April 10. The plan will then go to city council for approval. If the CPC and the City Council approve the plan, the zoning change will go into effect.

The development is in Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer’s district and it is the protocol of the council to vote in accordance with the wishes of the member where the project is to be sited.

Van Bramer said that he plans to hold a Council hearing on the project on May 2 at the Zoning Subcommittee. The hearing would then be followed by a vote of the full council in May.

“I am thoroughly studying this proposal and taking input from local stakeholders,” Van Bramer said. “I do have some concerns about this project that are shared by Community Board 1 and others. I will continue to engage with the community before coming to any decisions.”

Block Likely to be Demolished and Replaced by 12-Story Development (Photo: QueensPost)

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32 Comments

MRLIC

To all you why didn’t Trump build the wall and Mexico pay for it? Trump likes to talk I know, but he did cut aid to Central American Countries. He tried to do it to Mexico but Dems stopped him with lawsuits. It was not enough what we give Mexico but would have completed part of the wall. He was talking about the money we would save on Policing the border for illegals and concentrate more on drugs which also would be slowed down by a better WALL. Not eliminated but slowed down, He knows the Govt. would save money by stopping Illegals from re-entering the country It would help with gang members re-entering also as many MS-13 gang members had been deported and came back in to do more crimes. Wake Up and Stand up for America . Shame on Dem Socialist/Communists like AOC /Ilan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, and DumBlasio and Gov, Corruption Cuomo along with Schumer & Pelosi. All LOSERS . Shame on people who vote for these Anti-Americans. Trump is no SAINT but he is for a Americans and America.

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Agreed, Trump completely failed to deliver on one of his central campaign promises

* failed to get Mexico to pay for the wall
* failed to get any money, despite the Trump Shutdown and begging Democrats (who outsmarted him)
* failed to declare a fake national emergency to pay for it
* completely failed to establish a ban on Muslims entering the U.S. as promised

Why do you think he keeps failing so hard? Were you gullible enough to believe him?

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Mr Stunod

All hail JVB! He stopped Amazon and 25000 jobs because he didn’t get his vig. But no problem with this construction. Guess the developers have passed the envelop for the JVB reelection campaign to get a rezoning to boot! Congrats to all those AOC supporters who stopped Amazon in Queens while Google is expanding in Manhattan. Dah…Where do you think all those hipsters were gonna live? No worries…Wait till all those cars avoiding congestion pricing start triple parking in a neighborhood near you….And you honestly believe that congestion toll money will improve transit…lol Check out the bloated MTA executive salaries now…Watch them go through the roof along with the $250000 for Generalissimo Cuomo. Can’t wait for more bike lanes too! Gotta luv New York!

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Michael Boylan

Everyone voting for these demorat stunods should be loving all the hikes except income. Tolls or fares never end or decrease.

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impressive rant

Wow, ranting about JVB, AOC, hipsters, bike lanes, Cuomo, you got em all! It’s like watching a tape of Fox News on fast forward! You forgot to blame illegal immigrants for all your problems though.

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Gerald

Conservatives are always a morose group. They complain about so much, rarely do you see them happy. Let them whine just like their Orange in Chief, he’s such a damn crybaby!!!

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Sara Ross

Queens doesn’t need any more apartment buildings! How many of them will be occupied by people who don’t/won’t speak English who will get Section 8 housing, NYS benefit cards, I.D. cards, etc.? I’m in a rent stabilized (oxymoron by the way) apartment and the trains are crowded enough! We need stores, not more housing.

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wow, ANOTHER racist Trump supporter?!

Wait, so we shouldn’t ever build apartments because of unhinged racist rants from Trumptards?

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MRLIC

Build real affordable housing not all the same looking LUXURY Housing for the well off and RICH ! Not all people who follow Trump are racists. You brand people all the same. WRONG. There are racist Dumb-O-Crats too. Wake up Democrats will lose your country to SOcialism/Communism and illegals you will pay for without a vote . TRUMP STAND S FOR AMERICA AND AMERICANS. NOT ONE DEMOCRAT DOES.

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Trumptards aren't great at logic

Agreed, surely the billionaire playboy reality tv host greedy real estate developer that lives in a golden tower with his name on it is for the common man

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Gerald

What a shame, one of the best sushi spots in Queens, and one of the only Popeyes I know of, gone for mostly luxury and expensive residences. I apply all the time to affordable housing, I work for the city and don’t make much money but never get picked. This is why there is such an exodus from New York, it’s losing everything people like for more and more buildings. NOPE!!!

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Princess Vespa

We are so not going to miss Popeye’s.

Love that dysentery from Popeye’s!

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Gerald

Well judging by how busy it always is, I beg to differ that many will miss it. I never got sick from either restaurant.

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MRLIC

The FAKE MRLIC wrote the April 3,2019 comment on luxury condos. In my opinion this should never happen. We need more stores not LUXURY BUILDINGS. STOP THE BUILDING MADNESS ALREADY> Where is Jimmy Van Bramer when you need him?

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sad

Wait, you voted for Trump but suddenly you’re “against” people developing condos for the rich? At least have some integrity.

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MRLIC

AS I have said before, I know what Trump i. I could not vote Hillary or any past or present Democrat that wants OPEN BORDERS. I will not vote Socialist/Communist and that is exactly where the Democratic Party is at right now. Maybe yo don’t want to hear that and are in denial or maybe you want that. I don’t. End Of Story.

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how's that border wall coming? lmao

Speaking of open borders, why did Trump completely fail to build his central campaign promise: The Great Wall?

He said Mexico would pay for it…turns out that was a lie.

Then he forced the Trump Shutdown, the longest ever in history, to beg democrats for money. That didn’t work either.

THAT’S who you trust to secure our borders?! How gullible

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MRLIC

Maybe you don’t remember that Dumb-o-crats stopped him from doing anything about the wall. These same losers Schumer and Pelosi who wanted secure Borders before came Trump came in now don’t. OPEN BORDER for sure they want. Socialism 101 is what they want . I can’t vote for that as a American. Are you American?????

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Agreed, the republicans must be really embarrassed that Trump completely lied about The Wall

What do the democrats have to do with it? Isn’t mexico supposed to pay for The Great Wall?

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Why isn't Mexico paying for it the way Trump promised?

What do the democrats have to do with it?

Isn’t mexico supposed to pay for The Great Wall?

Why was the Trump Shutdown a complete failure?

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Gerald

Exactly. Just near me on 65th St & Queens Blvd they’re putting up ugly, expensive condos where only people who earn $75,000-$100,000 a year can apply. Bye Bye New York, you are becoming a city for the wealthy now

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MRLIC

Here is proof why Dems should not be in Power.Dems used to be for American middle class and poor. Now those people won’t vote for them. Nancy Pelosi and Schumer know this. Now they align themselves with Socialist Communists and Illegals and Well off developers . The illegals families some here legally will vote for anything to get their loved ones here. Rich people will profit more with Dems in power. Now Republicans are for the middle class and poor. I used to be a Dem myself and I hear tha a lot from people in print and social media and in person.

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pelosi, schmner, socialists, communists, the wall...you almost regurgitated EVERY Fox News talking point!

You’re against politicians that “align themselves with Well off developers”?!

You mean…like Trump? The Well off developer?

I hope you didn’t vote for him or you would lack all integrity!

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Gina

Dude! It depends on where the buildings are being built! Northern!? There’s nothing there so I welcome it. It’s not like it’s a cute neighborhood.

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Coco

More stores are coming. How will stories survive if there are no people around? This building will generate those sales.

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MRLIC

You are losing 2 or more stores for this building. The rents for stores are too high and you will not get any. Broadway Manhattan was counted recently with 184 empty store fronts. LIC is fast becoming storeless. We lost a Dominos and Subway and maybe a Burger Garage soon because of Luxury development. There is nothing inLIC except Vernon Blvd where one store opens and then closes every few months because rents are too high and many are copycat restaurants and stores. One restaurant owner in Manhattan said his rent was going up to $33,000 a month. He can’t afford it and has to close or try and find a lower rent somewhere else.

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Derp allergy

I’m always in support of demolishing still-running businesses to build luxury condos that’ll eventually turn into homeless shelters when there’s a practically empty parking lot across the street all day everyday. *cough* National Liquidators *cough* Petland *cough* Toys R Us *cough* *cough*

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Jack Doe

Find me one single example of newly built luxury condos turning into a homeless shelter.

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MRLIC

There were 2 in 2009 Luxury condos converted to homeless shelters. One in Crown Heights and one on East NY Avenue. With the recent surge in hotels I can tell you one on Queens Plaza (THE VERVE) was turned into a battered women’s shelter a couple of years ago. With hotels being converted 30 that I read about (Not All Luxury like the verve) there is not a need yet to convert these luxury condos. Also the tax breaks they get there is no rush to fill these luxury condos up. There needs to be vacancy taxes put on empty apartments/condos/ businesses. Let them slash some prices and watch these places rent.

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MRLIC

Great to hear, I’m always in support of more luxury condos and their developers, like Trump

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