Luxury condominium tower to open in Kew Gardens

By Tien-Shun Lee

A 30-unit, seven-story condominium building with marble hallways and a mirrored lobby is scheduled to open in a residential neighborhood in the heart of Kew Gardens in late October, the building’s brokers say.

Located at 87-11 116th St., the Century Condominiums, an elevator building with a brick exterior, is being constructed next to one- to three-family homes in an area that is zoned for structures up to seven stories high.

“We had received some complaints about it when construction first started, because it’s done on a small property, but we sent inspectors out there and everything is legal,” said Mary Guzman, a representative of Community Board 9.

The first level of the condominium building will have two professional spaces, which have already been reserved for medical offices, said Lawrence Falabella, a broker for Prudential Realty. Floors two through six will each have two two-bedroom and three one-bedroom apartments. The top penthouse floor will have two two-bedroom, one one-bedroom and two studio apartments, all with ample attic space.

Each apartment unit has oak flooring, a kitchen with maple cabinets and granite counter tops, a bathroom with tan marble walls and tile floors, and an outdoor balcony.

Since the apartments were put on the market three weeks ago, three units have been sold, said Falabella.

“We get calls all day long on it,” said Falabella. “We anticipate having the building sold out before it’s finished.”

The apartments are located a block away from Forest Park, close to the Lefferts Boulevard Long Island Rail Road stop, the E and F subway lines on Queens Boulevard, the Q10A, Q10, and 37 MTA bus lines, and the Q shuttle bus that runs between the LaGuardia and JFK airports.

Prices for the condominiums range from about $230,000 for a one-bedroom unit to around $457,000 for a two-bedroom unit on the top floor. Monthly common charges range from $92 to $254.

“We anticipate that the condominiums will be popular with city people, court house people, airline people — pilots and flight attendants,” said Falabella, who noted that the condominiums are located about halfway between the city’s two airports.

The condominiums are owned by the New York Lions Group, Inc., a building company based in Great Neck, L.I.

Although the condominium building is not ready to be shown, an off-site open house for the condominiums is held every Tuesday night at the Prudential office at 215-45 Northern Blvd. in Bayside. During the open house, floor plans and photographs are shown to prospective buyers, along with samples of materials used in the apartments’ floors, walls, cabinets and counter tops.

Reach reporter Tien-Shun Lee by e-mail at Timesledger@aol.com, or call 718-229-0300, Ext. 155.

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