Release date: 7/14/2014
Submission deadline: 10/10/2014
Designation date: 4/28/2015
HPD announced the designated the development team for the Flushing Municipal Lot 3 RFP to a joint venture between Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE), HANAC Inc., and Monadnock Development. The development teams plan, called One Flushing, includes the creation of 208 units of housing.
The 43,200 square-foot development site is located at 133-45 41st Avenue, bordered by College Point Boulevard, Main Street, and the Long Island Rail Road. The City’s Department of Transportation (DOT) currently operates the site as a municipal parking lot with 156 parking spaces. The One Flushing development proposal includes a newly constructed energy efficient building with a mix of affordable housing, commercial and community resources. Over and above the parking required per zoning, the proposal more than replaces the existing DOT spaces.
The residential component of this development will be divided into two elements – housing dedicated to senior citizens, and housing affordable to a range of households, from very low income to moderate households. There are expected to be a combined total of 60 apartments reserved for senior citizens. The remaining 147 units will be mixed-income multi-family units. There will be an additional unit reserved for an onsite superintendent.
Building amenities will include a gym and community room for each building, common laundry rooms, as well as an over 15,000 square-foot second floor terrace and a green roof for all residents. The architecture is to be guided by the principles of Feng Shui. Building design will include generously sized vertical windows, with double-glazing to reduce noise from the LIRR tracks while maximizing daylight in the residential units. The development includes several sustainability measures and intends to comply with Enterprise Green Community Standards. Sustainable measures include: low-flow fixtures and Energy Star appliances in all apartments, photovoltaic solar panel cells on the roof, and individual thermostatic control of heat and air conditioning units. The architect for the project is Bernheimer Architecture PLLC.
In addition to an affordable housing component, the One Flushing development also includes significant commercial and community facilities on the first two floors. The ground floor of the development will contain a combination of large and small commercial spaces that will provide a mix of retail square footage and affordability for local businesses and entrepreneurs. In addition, the development will provide members of the Flushing community with access to a variety of spaces and services including a general multi-purpose space that could be used as a general public meeting space or an exhibition space.
One Flushing’s community spaces will be programmed by AAFE and HANAC to provide a range of services for seniors and the local community:
During the winter of 2013/2014 HPD conducted a community visioning process with Queens Community Districts 3, 4 and 7, as well as the area’s local elected officials to help shape the development program in this RFP. During this process the community expressed a strong desire for affordable housing for families and seniors, at a variety of income levels. They also expressed a desire for community facilities, neighborhood services, and commercial uses.
HPD released the RFP inviting developers to submit proposals for a new construction project in the Flushing section of Queens. The formerly City-owned site is located at 133-45 41st Avenue, bordered by College Point Boulevard, Main Street, and the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) line in the Flushing neighborhood of Queens within Community District 7. The goal was to develop a transit-oriented, mixed-use, mixed-income development that will expand affordable housing opportunities in the neighborhood, while supporting the vitality of existing commercial and cultural uses.
A pre-submission conference was held at HPD, 100 Gold Street, 1R, New York, NY on August 6, 2014 at 10:00am.