LIRR commuter parking lot to become senior housing

Development will contain 38 units of senior housing, office space, and 54 tenant parking spaces. The Department of Citywide Administrative Services obtained approval to dispose of a 47,108 sq.ft. site located at 240-02 North Conduit Avenue, currently providing 40 parking spaces for Rosedale LIRR commuters, to the New York City Economic Development Corporation for a new mixed-use development. EDC will transfer the site to Stone Ridge Homes, Inc., which will develop a three-story, 16,402 sq.ft. office building and a two-story, 38-unit senior housing home. DCAS stated that the lost LIRR parking spaces could be accommodated on an adjacent City parking lot, which is temporarily in use as a staging area for the Rosedale Station improvements.

At the November 30, 2004 City Council Subcommittee hearing, Council Member James Sanders Jr. stated that his concern over the senior housing facility’s proximity to JFK airport had been addressed by the developer’s commitment to soundproof the housing units and, consequently, he dropped his opposition. The full Council approved on December 7, 2004.

ULURP Process: As lead agency, the New York City Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Rebuilding issued a negative declaration on August 22, 2003. Queens Community Board 13 voted to approve on August 10, 2004, on condition that the developer increase the parking and open space, undertake an expanded traffic study, and provide a written commitment that Community Board residents would receive a priority. Borough President Helen Marshall approved on September 13, 2004, requesting further evaluation of increased parking and opportunities for area residents to move into the facility.

The Planning Commission approved on October 20, 2004, but noted that it could not require the developer to grant a priority to Rosedale area residents.

Council: Stone Ridge Homes (December 7, 2004); CPC: Stone Ridge Homes (C 040437 PPQ – disposition of land) (October 20, 2004). CITYADMIN

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