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Self-Storage Facility to Replace Astoria Sports Complex

Astoria Sports Complex (Google Maps)

Sept. 1, 2021 By Allie Griffin

The owner of a sports complex in Astoria — who once dreamed of expanding his property by constructing an indoor soccer field and ice rink — has sold his 38th Street building to a self-storage company.

The Astoria Sports Complex, a building located at 34-38 38th St. that houses a gym, pool and turf fields, was sold to Storage Deluxe for $20 million on Aug. 17, financial records show. Storage Deluxe plans to overhaul the building and open a storage facility in early 2023.

Steve Poliseno, the longtime owner of the sports complex, sold the 53,550-square-foot building after failing to get a building variance that would have allowed him to raise the center two stories. The additional stories would have included a regulation-sized soccer field and ice rink.

Steve Poliseno, center, and his children (Queens Post photo)

Poliseno needed the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) to grant him an exemption from a rear yard zoning requirement in order to expand the building. His application got nowhere.

Instead Storage Deluxe plans to add seven stories atop the existing structure and open storage rentals by early 2023, The Real Deal reported.

Storage units are more in line with zoning requirements, according to the real estate outlet.

Poliseno’s plans won the support the Queens Borough president’s office, the local community board and the Queens Chamber of Commerce.

His plan also had the backing of Kaufman Astoria Studio president and CEO Hal Rosenbluth.

“I want to build this for the good of the community, we don’t have anything like this anywhere nearby,” Poliseno told the Queens Post in 2017.

However, the BSA refused to hear most testimony for the plan, arguing that the proposed expansion would change the character of the neighborhood, Poliseno told QNS in March 2020.

“I am beyond frustration and exasperation at this point,” Poliseno told the publication. “I’m 72 years years old and it’s been a 43-year goal of mine to expand this place to give the people of Astoria a wonderful place to bring their families.”

He withdrew his application before the Board of Standards and sold the building, The Real Deal reported.

The sports facility closed at the beginning of July.

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Much needed the kids from OWNS used the facilities as a gym. An ice skating rink would have been huge bring hockey leagues and ice skating, would have been great ice skating, mini soccer fields, then a movie at Regal and Pizza or dinner at Applebee’s or Panera’s. All now will be storage facility. I hope Mr. Poliseno enjoys his retirement with his $20 Mil, an ungrateful city turned its back on him. He tried to improve a neighborhood and got shot down by a corrupt BSA Board and shady RE Interests. If he were a connected Real Estate developer, friend of our corrupt mayor and donor it would been done.

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Joe

Why couldn’t he get the permit?!!! That’s not a good trade off! A sports complex for a drab lifeless store age center. That sucks!

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Anonymous

because he didnt pay off the right person. Or the people in charge of it have gripe against him

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Vana

The one on Ditmars is an eyesore. But needed by the community and the city. Many that moved away stored their furniture there and the city pays those being evicted and homeless to store their furniture and belongings in storage facilities while they stay at the nearby shelter hotels.

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howard brickman

He cares so much about his community what a loss for us for him not to build his business… what a shame.. he needed community support and did not get it… what a loss for us …

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