The plan exam for a new four-story building in Maspeth was turned down by the Department of Buildings (DOB) on Friday, April 29, according to documents.
A DOB representative confirmed that the plans were disapproved due to incomplete plans being filed. The applicant, Angelo Ng & Anthony Ng Architects Studio, P.C., must now gather the missing documents and resubmit the application.
The four-story commercial and medical office building will be constructed at 54-08 74th St., New York YIMBY reports.
According to the real estate website, the former AMEF Auto Repair shop will be transformed into a 54-foot-tall building and will have 7,900 square feet of retail space on the ground floor, with 11,000 square feet of medical offices on the upper floors.
The project will also include six parking spaces in a surface lot, with an underground garage containing an additional 46 spots.
This new building will be located down the block from Maspeth High School, which was constructed back in 2010, and another five-story office building that was built in 2007.
One civic activist expressed some reservations over the new development.
“The area is ripe for these real estate investors. People will build on every inch of available space,” said Robert Holden, president of the Juniper Park Civic Association. “We are not against building the neighborhood. This was a gas station/car repair shop, and those locations are not as profitable as the real estate they sit on. It is disturbing because residents now will have less choices to find gas or repair their cars. We are seeing it happen all over the place. Whether this property is an asset to community, that remains to be seen.”
The developer on the project is Flushing-based Grand Centurion Construction, which is leasing the property from an LLC headquartered in Woodside. The LLC purchased the lot for $2,254,000 last December, according to YIMBY.