With the snip of a ribbon last Thursday, Borough President Claire Shulman officially opened Queens’ latest addition to the middle-income housing stock, North Main Towers, in downtown Flushing.
Built by local developers, the Ciampa Organization, the project was financed through the city Housing Development Corporation’s New Housing Opportunities Program.
Located at 136-14 Northern Boulevard, between Union and Main Streets, in the heart of downtown Flushing, the new complex includes two seven-story towers with 130 units.
In addition, the project includes 4,800 square feet of retail space fronting Northern Boulevard, much of which has already been rented.
The North Main Towers is recessed from the boulevard with a courtyard in the middle and a landscaped fountain.
Open for inspection last week were model apartments featuring one and two-bedroom units as well as studios. All have parquet floors, kitchens with appliances and many have small balconies. There are clothes-washing facilities on the ground floor of each building.
Tower 1, which opened earlier this spring, has 70 units including 14 studios, 21 one-bedroom and 35 two-bedroom apartments with rents ranging from $949 to $1,450.
Tower 2, which opened this month, contains 60 units including 7 studios, 33 one-bedroom and 20 two-bedroom apartments with rents from $925 to $1,520.
Both buildings have indoor and outdoor parking available.
Russell Harding, president of HDC, said at the opening program that Mayor Giuliani’s vision for the city focused on more demand for housing.
“We are addressing the needs of middle-income housing. That has been the challenge,” he said.
Harding noted that since 1997, Queens has been the recipient of $90 million in new middle-income housing. He also thanked Shulman for her commitment to affordable housing.
The borough president called the towers beautiful and “a wonderful addition to downtown Flushing.”
She said that the community is an exciting part of the borough “and this (project) really is the future.”
Joseph Ciampa Jr., representing the developers, said that his firm is trying to provide quality, affordable housing in Queens and complimented HDC on its vision.
The firm has constructed four buildings with 216 apartments under the HDC program.
The Ciampa Organization owns and manages over 1,100 residential units in 12 buildings primarily in Flushing and the adjacent area.
The new project is located next to the historic Quaker Meeting House and burial grounds, whose officials originally opposed the project fearing their air rights would be encroached upon.
Ciampa said on Thursday that all problems had been resolved over the issue.