8-Story Residential, Commercial Building Proposed for Empty Lot on 39th Place

The empty lot on 39th Place and Queens Boulevard, where a new eight story building has been proposed. (Photo: Nathaly Pesantez)

Nov. 17, 2017   By Nathaly Pesantez

A developer has filed plans to build an eight-story mixed-use building on the corner of Queens Boulevard and 39th Place, which is currently an empty lot.

The proposed building, at a height of 83 feet and with an address of 43-46 39th Pl., would see 48 units spread out over 34,502 square-feet. An additional 6,926 square-feet is reserved for commercial space.

The first floor, along with one floor below ground, is sectioned off for a retail store and commercial lobby. Also planned for the lower level are laundry rooms and bicycle storage.

An enclosed parking space for 20 cars is planned for the second floor of the corner building.

Floors three through seven would see nine apartment units each, while the eighth floor will have only 3 apartments.

The empty lot, at just over 9,000 square feet, once saw several small businesses, which struggled to stay afloat. Former tenants included Dragon Puffs, a hookah lounge, Verdecchio Pizzeria, Chikuran Japanese Restaurant, and Xio Lounge, the night club that was repossessed in 2014 after failing to pay rent. The night club was also the source of several complaints from nearby residents over the three years it was open.

The owner filed plans to demolish the site at the end of 2015.

The six storefronts that once occupied the former one-story site before 2016. (Google Maps)

The plans for the eight-story building conform with the maximum height allowed in the area after it was upzoned in 2011.

Ramesh Vig, one of two senior partners of the 39 Sunnyside Owners LLC, said construction should start immediately after the Department of Buildings approves the plans. From there, the building should be completed in two years time.

The price range for the units are still being worked out, Vig said, although the units will be marketed as rentals. As for the commercial area on the lot, he hopes that a gourmet restaurant will sign on to lease the spot.

Vig and his partner purchased the property from Jerry Kahen of Kahen Properties for $10,450,000 in 2016.

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