July 6, 2019, Staff Report
Construction has begun on a seven story, 23-unit development on Queens Boulevard between 39th Place and 40th Street.
The development, which is going up at 39-29 Queens Blvd., will consist of ground floor retail, with apartments on the upper floors.
The developer, Farid Adhami of Leopold 21 LLC in Astoria, bought the property in April 2018 for $3.9 million. The property was listed in 2016 for $4.9 million and was marketed at the time as a “prime development site.”
The property had been occupied in 2014 and 2015 by a bar/ restaurant called OT. The venue operated for two years and offered an eclectic mix of Greek food, cocktails and sports.
This stretch of Sunnyside was rezoned R7A with a C1-4 commercial overlay by City Planning in 2011, allowing the owner to build a structure four times the size of the lot. Prior to the 2011 rezoning, sites on this block were zoned R5, where buildings were not permitted to be more than 1.25 times the lot area.
Demolition permits have not been filed since Adhami’s plans call for a “vertical enlargement.”
The site is next to the large corner lot at Queens Boulevard/40th Street that is home to Dazies Restaurant and a number of shuttered stores. It is also on the same block as the restaurant Tangra.