Mixed-use building coming to 82nd St. 1

The vacant Jackson Theater, along with other storefronts on 82nd Street on the Elmhurst-Jackson Heights border, will be turned into a massive mixed-use development that might come with a school or medical facility.

A mixed-use development on the Elmhurst-Jackson Heights border may house a school or medical facility and is set to replace an old-style movie theater that has been out of business for years.

Sun Equity Partners and the Heskel Group are planning to develop a 160,000-square-foot building on 82nd Street in between Baxter and Roosevelt avenues, steps away from the 82nd Street 7 train stop, real estate website Real Deal reported last Wednesday.

Leslie Ramos, executive director of the 82nd Street Partnership, confirmed the deal to the Queens Chronicle.

The site includes several vacant storefronts on the block, including the Jackson Theater at 40-31, which was built in the 1930s. It has been out of business since 2014, after closing due to owning back rent to the landlord.

Real Deal reported that the two companies paid $27 million for the site.

“We are happy something is going to be done with that site,” said Ramos of the theater. “We are happy we are going to have some clarity.”

According to the Real Deal, the planned building will hold more than 100,000 square feet of space for the community — such as a school or medical facility — and an additional 45,000 of retail.

Real estate website YIMBY — which stands for Yes In My Backyard — reports the development will be known as The Shoppes at 82nd Street.

Ramos said the plans for the building have not been finalized but expressed excitement at the possibility of a school or medical building being a part of the plans.

“Either of those scenarios would be fantastic for the community,” she said. “It would benefit a lot of people.”

At press time, no new building permits have been filed with the Department of Buildings and no demolition permits have been filed.

Although most of the stores that the development will replace are vacated, at least one remains operational.

Mango Rico, a fruit and vegetable stand located on the corner of 82nd Street and Baxter Avenue, is in the process of negotiating its lease with the landlord, according to Ramos.

She said the future of the business will be determined in the near future.

“We’re not sure what’s going to happen with it just yet,” she said.

Elmhurst Hospital Center is located a short distance away from the planned development.

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