Three new 19-story retail and residential towers slated to go up in downtown Flushing
Three 19-story mixed-use buildings are set to rise in downtown Flushing.
On Feb. 13, Community Board 7 voted in favor of granting developers Flushing Point Holdings a special permit to exceed the zone’s height restriction when building three soon-to-be-erected towers at 131-02 40th Road, adjacent to SkyView Center.
The development, called “Flushing Point Plaza,” will include two apartment towers and one hotel tower, along with constructed parking space for 390 cars. Plans filed with the Department of Buildings (DOB) indicate the hotel will contain 318,788 square feet of space and the two residential buildings will together contain 281,540 square feet.
“We’re building a totally as-of-right building according to zoning — no extra bulk or anything like that,” said Vincent Petraro, attorney for the developer. “It’s just that the zoning resolution wants to be sure that, since we’re building by the airport, we’re not going to obstruct any flight patterns … And as part of that process, we come to the community board.”
The special application first went before the community board. Board member Bill Salim explained that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey were both consulted prior to the meeting and provided proper documentation that said there would be no hazard should the permit be granted.
Due to its proximity to LaGuardia Airport, the lot falls within a designated “flight obstruction area,” and established zoning rights dictate developers must receive permission from the Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) to build past a set threshold. The three towers can otherwise be built as-of-right.
Board member Phil Konigsberg asked if the community board had received copies of the necessary documentation.
“We have the FAA letter,” Salim responded. “Thereafter, Mr. Petraro sent to us the Port Authority letter and a couple of other documents that we had requested.”
When asked how long the project would take to complete, a representative for the developer at the meeting said there was not yet a set timeline, but gave a rough estimate of three years.
A motion was made to approve the special permit. Board members voted 27 in favor, 5 against.
Should the special permit be granted by the BSA, each building will be 201 feet high.
Permit applications to DOB cannot be approved until this special permit has been granted by the BSA, which must still review the case.