QUEENS — A new development in downtown Jamaica will replace a parking lot with a massive complex featuring more than 300 mixed-income apartment units, roughly 10 percent of which will be set aside for artists, the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation announced Tuesday.
The 500,000-square-foot complex, at 90-02 168th St., will be developed by Wharton Properties and BRP Companies, which is currently also building The Crossing at Jamaica Station, featuring 669 mixed-income and affordable housing units.
The project, which will include 70,000 square feet of retail space, is slated to break ground in the second half of 2018, according to Greater Jamaica, which owns the lot.
"Our goal for the development of the site is to facilitate a project that addresses the needs of the community, creates jobs and brings activity to the eastern part of the district,” said Hope Knight, president of Greater Jamaica in a statement, referring to the fact that most of the numerous projects currently planned for the once-neglected area are clustered near the Jamaica AirTrain station.
The new development will be further east from the station, along with a nearby mixed-use building which will replace a crumbling garage at 92-33 168th St.
”Jamaica is primed to be a premier hub in Queens — combining housing, retail and transportation — and we are pleased to support its continued development with our second Jamaica project,” said Meredith Marshall, BRP Companies co-founder, in a statement.