From the Queens Chronicle:
The Flushing Mall at 133-15 39 Ave. is expected to be torn down next year to make way for parking during construction of the Flushing Commons mixed-use development project.
TDC Development owns the 150,000-square-foot shopping mall and will develop Flushing Commons, which is the current site of Municipal Parking Lot 1, between Union and 138th streets.
Although TDC was the successful bidder on the $850 million plan, which was approved last July, the city is not expected to close on the project until the end of the year, according to Michael Meyer, president of TDC. The mall will be torn down after that, probably next year, Meyer added.
Flushing Commons calls for a mix of 620 upscale condominiums, retail and commercial areas, a YMCA, a public green and 1,600 underground parking spaces.
During construction, drivers will lose 1,100 parking spots in the heart of downtown Flushing when the municipal lot is eliminated.
Meyer noted that it was always part of the plan for the developer to offer interim parking elsewhere, especially on College Point Boulevard, but tearing down the Flushing Mall was never mentioned. “We needed more parking closer to Main Street,” he said.
The Flushing Mall was created in 2001 at the site of a vacant former warehouse. TDC officials said then that it was only an interim use for the space. With a change in downtown Flushing zoning and the area seeing a building boom, developers wanted to keep their options open.
Plans for the future use of the mall site once Flushing Commons is completed in about three years have not been announced.