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Posted: Thursday, December 19, 2013 10:30 am

The Department of Buildings has approved the planned addition of 24 stories of residential units slated for the top of the Rego Center II mall.

On Dec. 10, the DOB issued a work permit to SLCE Architects, the company tasked with designing and building the structure atop the stores at the shopping center.

The building will stand 288 feet tall and contain 314 residential dwellings when completed, according to the DOB permit.

The Real Deal, a real estate website, reports that the construction cost should range between $100 million and $120 million.

Vornado Realty Trust, the owners of the proposed building, declined to comment on the matter.

There is no word on when construction will commence or what the target date for completion of the high-rise addition will be.

The plan for the residential building above the 160,000-square-foot shopping center was part of the original proposal that was presented to Community Board 6 in 2005, and the mall opened in 2010.

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1 comment:

  • reg131 posted at 10:37 am on Fri, Dec 27, 2013.

    reg131 Posts: 33

    Here it is again.....another developer overcrowding communities with more residential units. This is a sick and twisted society we live in and people wonder why crime of all sorts is so high. Because hundreds of people are not meant to be huddled and crowded into a postage-stamp sized lot of property. It is not healthy, it is conducive to mal-adjusted, angry human beings. If you put anything too close together eventually you are going to have a fight for space and these developers are creating that exact situation by projects such as this. But of course, the Dept. of Buildings approved it, so it's okay, I suppose. Right? We all know why the Dept. of Buildings approved it.....more tax revenue. Simple as that. The Rego Park Mall needs more people there. I can't think of a more deserving spot to build 24 stories of jail cells, because that's what they're doing...imprisoning people....but I suppose it's the people's choice to live there, but it would be mine. I remember Rego Park, Middle Village, Woodhaven and all those lovely areas long ago when they were navigable and great places to visit. Now, I would step foot there due to the masses. Just my opinion.