A building under construction at a busy intersection on the Ozone Park-Richmond Hill border will be a grocery store.
A representative for J Metro Construction, the firm building the store at the corner of 104th Street and Atlantic Avenue, said a grocery store is scheduled to open at the site.
It is located on the Richmond Hill side of the border, directly across the street from a strip mall that includes a Staples and a Rite Aid and several doors down from a liquor store. It is also a block away from the Construction, Trades, Engineering and Architecture High School.
The construction at the site, formerly a used car lot, has been ongoing for a while, leaving some to wonder if construction has ceased.
“It looks like work is stalled,” said one resident who lives a block away. “It looks awful.”
But the representative from J Metro, who declined to give her name, said there hasn’t been a long stoppage in construction and residents should expect a new store there soon.
“Work has stopped for a few days, I’m not sure why,” the woman said.
She added that plans for the grocery store are still in motion, but did not specify whether the store will be a chain supermarket or a mom-and-pop-type store.
Permits to construct the building were filed with the city in late 2008, according to Department of Buildings records. The plans were altered a number of times, according to city records, to include a bigger building and roof work, which have not yet commenced.
So far, only the brick facade of the building is completed.
A grocery store might be a well-received addition to the area. There are few grocery shopping options in this part of the community, where Ozone Park, Richmond Hill and Woodhaven come together. The closest supermarket is Pathmark, about 10 blocks away, while smaller bodegas and markets can be found several blocks down Atlantic Avenue or along Jamaica Avenue, about six blocks to the north.
The area along Atlantic Avenue between Woodhaven Boulevard and 108th Street is not very developed except for the strip mall between 102nd and 104th streets. The rezoning of Woodhaven and Richmond Hill that was approved last summer aimed to spur development along Atlantic Avenue to allow for commercial and residential growth along the strip between the Van Wyck Expressway and the Brooklyn border.