This used to be a parking lot:
City officials and developers broke ground yesterday for Rego Park Center, a large shopping and residential complex going up in the shadow of Lefrak City and several stores.
The new retail center will include Home Depot, Century 21 and a Kohl's department store as well as several smaller shops.
Yes, another Home Depot for Queens! This should keep Queens Crap even busier in the future.
Rego Center shops, apts. a step closer
The new complex, being developed by real estate giant Vornado Realty Trust, also will include a residential building with 400 apartments.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn credited Councilwoman Helen Sears (D-Jackson Heights) with securing a key piece of the development - a 2,500-square-foot community room.
Terrific, Helen, a community room makes everything ok. Why were you at the groundbreaking, Chris?
Building Begins on Giant Queens Mall
It would have been nice if they had made this a municipal lot for the stores and the subway. But I guess Rego Park needs 1000+ more people instead.
Local papers take on it, 5/31/07:
Rego Mall To Bring Jobs, Shops, Community Space
Work starts at Rego Pk. for mall site
Big building also includes room for community board
Retail, Towers Grow In Lieu Of Wal-Mart