Although the massive Flushing Commons mixed-use development project in downtown Flushing has yet to put a shovel in the ground, the adjacent Macedonia Plaza affordable housing construction is right on schedule for a March opening next year.
Work began last year on the $45 million housing project being built on Union Street and 37th Avenue in Municipal Parking Lot 1. It is located next to the Macedonia AME Church, the developer.
The 14-story, 142-unit building will include a combination of studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments with 7,200 square feet of retail space on the first level facing 37th Avenue. The Rev. Richard McEachern said it is hoped a daycare center will be part of the mix on the first floor.
Church officials were able to get a parking waiver from the city so they do not have to provide any parking. The project would have required 37 parking spots, but officials said most of the tenants are not expected to have cars, and those who do may be able to pay for parking in Flushing Commons’ underground lot.
Last week, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall announced that the housing project is accepting applications from low-income families who meet financial and family-size requirements. Applications are being taken now through Sept. 30 with a lottery to determine the final selections.
The building will include 27 studios, 58 one-bedroom, 55 two-bedroom and 2 three-bedroom units. It will feature a community room, central laundry, outdoor space, on-site superintendent and 24-hour emergency service and security system.
Online applications can be obtained at nyc.govhousingconnect under “apply for housing.”
For a mailed application, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Macedonia Plaza, PO Box 1166, New York, NY 10039.
McEachern said on Monday that construction was going well with few complaints from the community. “They’ve managed to keep the noise down and it’s been a nice, clean job,” he said.
Once the project is completed, the pastor will be concentrating on rebuilding the old church, which faces Union Street. “We want to build a new church, but in parts,” the pastor added. “It’s just in the planning stages and we’ll start working on raising money in a year. We are taking donations.”
The congregation has 1,000 members and a weekly food pantry on Wednesdays that draws many people.
As to Flushing Commons, the word is that some movement should take place in a month or two. The developer, TDC Development, got approval from the city to construct an $800 million project that includes housing, a hotel, retail, open space and underground parking for about 1,600 cars.
The project has been held up for years due to lack of financing.
Once construction begins, it’s expected to disrupt traffic and parking, but when it’s completed, McEachern says “in the end it will be magnificent and will benefit everyone.”
Both projects together will replace the entire municipal lot.