From the Sunnyside Post:
If the New York City Planning Dept’s preliminary recommendations for Sunnyside and Woodside go through, be ready for some large buildings to go up on Queens Blvd. when the real estate market picks up.
Last week Tom Smith, from City Planning, outlined all the different zones that would apply to the Sunnyside/Woodside neighborhoods at the local United Forties meeting in Woodside. A bamboozled audience were told about R7As, R5ds, C4-4As, R5bs, R7-1s, etc.
However, upon review, it would appear that between 39th Place and 48th Street on Queens Blvd. the changes would make way for some significantly bigger buildings.
The new zone that would apply to this stretch of Queens Blvd. would be a so-called “C4-5X”. What that means is that a developer would be able to erect a building that is 5 times the size of the zoning lot area. For example, a property owner could convert 10,000 sqf. zoning lot and create 50,000 sqf of building space.
Currently, between 39th Place and 41st on Queens Blvd it is zoned an R5. In this zone, a developer can build a structure that is only 1.25 the size of the zoning lot. Between 41st and 44th Street, the existing zoning is a R7-1, which enables a builder to develop a structure 3.44 times the zoning lot space. And between 44th and 48th street (excluding community centers), it is currently zoned a “c4-2″, allowing builders to go only 3 times the zoning lot size.