QUEENS — A new 12-story building featuring 177 affordable units is slated to replace a parking lot in downtown Jamaica, according to the First Presbyterian Church of Jamaica, which owns the site.
The First Jamaica Community and Urban Development Corporation, the church's development branch, is teaming up with the Bluestone Organization to build the new 122-foot-tall tower at 89-50 164th St., between 89th and Jamaica avenues.
The development will also feature 14,616-square-foot commercial space and a 9,261-square-foot community center, according to an application filed with the Department of Buildings in July.
The building, adjacent to a Citibank branch, will also boast a 63-car garage, the document claims.
The group expects to break ground on the project in December and construction will take approximately 18 months, according to Norman Fairweather of the First Jamaica Community and Urban Development Corporation.
The Bluestone Organization, which about two years ago also built Norman Towers, two mixed-use buildings in downtown Jamaica that provide about 100 affordable apartments, did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.
The project seeks to somewhat address concerns shared by many local residents about keeping the neighborhood affordable amid numerous recent changes.