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CPC okays rezoning for Jackson Heights development

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Posted: Monday, June 12, 2017 2:51 pm

The city Planning Commission on May 24 cleared the way for a Jackson Heights car wash to be replaced by an eight-story commercial building by unanimously approving a rezoning measure for the site.

The matter will now go to the City Council for a vote and is expected to pass as area Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland (D-East Elmhurst) is in favor of the rezoning and proposed development.

Developer H&M LLC plans to replace Classic Car Wash, located at 74-04 Northern Blvd., with a commercial-use building, with the ground floor holding retail space.

The second and third would hold 219 parking spots, with a community space on the fourth and offices on five to eight.

To do so, the site must be rezoned from a C8-1 District to a C4-3.

H&M LLC states in its application to the Department of City Planning that construction on the site could begin sometime in 2018 and be completed in a little over a year.

And while housing is not proposed for the site at this time, the CPC also unanimously approved a request by the developer to require 25 percent of any residential units that could be built in the future to be affordable — under the controversial Mandatory Inclusionary Housing program approved by the Council last year.

Community Board 3 in March approved the rezoning 17-8 and Borough President Melinda Katz the next month gave it her support as well.

According to the CPC’s report, eight people spoke in favor of the application at a hearing in front of the panel in April — including an unnamed member from the Queens Chamber of Commerce who said “this part of Queens is in need of office space.”

An unnamed community advocate also told the CPC his nonprofit is interested in renting space in the building, according to the panel’s report.

Only one speaker at that hearing, a “local homeowner,” objected to the rezoning and development due to worries over truck deliveries in the area, the CPC said. A representative for the developer said the building will be designed to keep traffic to a minimum.

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