From the Queens Courier:
Flushing Commons, a mixed-use development projected to rise in the heart of downtown Flushing, boasts green spaces and amenities for the public, but the most significant public benefit doesn’t show up on the renderings – a brand-new Flushing YMCA.
The Flushing Y is slated to leave its home of more than 84 years, on Northern Boulevard and Bowne Street, for a 62,000 square foot space in the complex.
“This is going to be state-of-the-art,” said William Nelson, Executive Director for the Flushing Y. “It will be a family-friendly facility with flexible-use space.” One of the dedicated spaces will be for an expanded youth and teen center.
When the space is finally completed, the Y will purchase it as a commercial condominium. “The shared-efficiencies of the new construction will really help us,” he said.
“The timing, of course, depends on the completion of the new project and the sale of the existing building,” said Paul Custer, Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of the Greater New York Y. “We need to sell the old building because fitting out a top-tier facility like the one we’re planning is a fairly expensive project.”
Hey, why not sell it to Tommy Huang? Northern Blvd could use another eyesore.