New south Queens apartment tower will provide more than 80 units of affordable housing

The Meridian
Photo courtesy of Gerald J. Caliendo Architect, P.C.

A south Queens neighborhood will soon see a building with more 80 new units of affordable housing rise in the area.

The Meridian housing development will bring 82 mixed-income units to Locust Manor, a small neighborhood situated between Rochdale Village and Laurelton.

The governor’s office announced the $9.7 million project as part of a $200 million long-term plan to build or preserve more than 2,800 affordable apartments across New York state.

Located at 127-10 Locust Manor Lane, The Meridian will be constructed on formerly vacant land in a largely residential neighborhood by D & F Development Group LLC. The site is located near the Locust Manor station on the Long Island Rail Road, located at Farmers Boulevard and Bedell Street, and commercial and retail establishments.

The gross rents (rent plus utilities) for each unit will range from $835 a month and higher based on income eligibility and household size, according to a NYS Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) agency spokesperson. The building will stand 14 stories tall and is designed by Briarwood-based Gerald J. Caliendo Architect, P.C.

An application to construct the residential building was first filed with the city’s Department of Buildings in August 2016. A new application was filed on May 14.

“[The May 10] announcement is another concrete example of Governor Cuomo’s commitment to investing in affordable housing that not only provides quality homes to people who need them, but also addresses the crisis of homelessness, makes downtowns come alive with opportunity, and improves quality of life throughout the state,” HCR commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas said.  “By delivering affordable homes to New York City, we continue to fight homelessness and deepen the city’s economic diversity.”

The funds were allocated through New York State HCR’s 2017 Unified Funding Application, which awards developers low-income housing tax credits and low-interest loans for affordable, multifamily developments.