Buildings Department authorized nearly 4,900 Queens units in 2014: report

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The Queens building boom is continuing to gain steam, according to a new report.

The Department of Buildings authorized about 4,900 units in 448 buildings in Queens last year, a 64 percent jump from 2013 when the department approved 3,161 units, according to a New York Building Congress analysis released Thursday. An average of 11 units per building will be constructed in the approved projects.

Despite the increase, the borough remained in third place, behind Manhattan, which had 5,281 units approved and Brooklyn, which won first place for the third consecutive year, with 7,551 units.

Overall, the city is continuing to see a gain in approved units. The Department of Buildings authorized 20,329 residential units in 1,513 buildings last year citywide, the analysis found, which marks the fifth straight year that the number of approved units has increased.

It is also up 241 percent from a post-recession low of 5,953 units in 2009.


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