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The vacant lot on the corner of Queens Boulevard and 65th Road where a 23-story residential building has been proposed.

Queens Boulevard is the target of another developer looking to build a massive residential property in Rego Park, according to an application recently filed through the Department of Buildings (DOB).

The application, which is in the pre-filing stage as of July 20, describes a 23-story, mixed-use building to be built at 98-04 Queens Blvd. With a total of 384,625 square feet, the 265-foot tower would have 116 residential units, 24,958 square feet of commercial space, 30,226 square feet of community facility space and a parking garage with 411 spaces.

The first floor of the building would include retail space, a lobby for the residential space and a lobby for the community facility, records show. The community facility itself would be located on the fourth and fifth floors, while the fourth floor will also have a lounge, children’s room, teen room, fitness room and outdoor terrace for the residents. There will also be a terrace on the third floor, fifth floor and sixth floor, records show.

The apartments will be located from the fifth floor on up to the 23rd floor, and the building will also include a bike storage room for 67 bikes, records show.

The tower would rise on a currently vacant lot that was once the site of a corner store, a pharmacy and a few small eateries. That commercial space was demolished to make way for a proposed eight-story, mixed-use building that never came to fruition, records show.

Instead, the previous owner sold the property to current owner Avi Matatov of RB Realty Capital LLC in January for $12 million.

The architecture firm listed on the application, SLCE Architects LLP, is responsible for the Rego Park Center as well as some of New York’s most impressive residential developments in Long Island City and the tallest apartment building on the western hemisphere at 435 Park Ave. in Manhattan.

The tower application comes just one month after Community Board 2 voted against a huge development that would bring 561 apartments to Queens Boulevard in Elmhurst, though the application is still under public review.

It is unclear whether or not the Rego Park tower would have to undergo public review or be built as-of-right.


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