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Wendy’s project denied again

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Posted: Thursday, September 5, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:14 am, Thu Sep 12, 2013.

A proposal to turn a plot of land into a 115-unit apartment building has been denied once again by the Department of Buildings.

The site, on the corner of Reeder Street and Queens Boulevard in Elmhurst, was once home to a Wendy’s where Eddie Murphy’s hit film “Coming to America” was partly shot. It also sits on top of what once was a waterway used by Native Americans hundreds of years ago.

The applicants, who could not be reached for comment, tried earlier this year to begin construction but the DOB would not approve the plan.

The applicants submitted a similar proposal earlier this summer but it was denied by the DOB on July 19.

According to the agency, the building would be seven stories tall and include 93,940 square feet of residential space, 27,801 square feet of commercial space and 26,273 square feet of community space.

The only permit the applicant has received is to erect a construction fence around the lot, which is valid through March 2014.

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