The owners of a vacant lot on Cross Bay Boulevard got all the permits they need and will begin construction on a strip mall soon.
Dave Koptiev of Platinum Realty said all the permits the company needed from the city have been finalized. He estimated the strip mall will be completed in eight months.
The site, located along the east side of Cross Bay between Albert Road and North Conduit Avenue, has been vacant for years and a shopping center plan has been in the works since the adjacent Magnolia Court housing development was built a decade ago.
The previous owner [Avellino] had planned on a three-story building there, including storefronts on the first floor, a medical office on the second floor and a restaurant on the third.
Koptiev did not give any specific information on the size of the plaza, including whether or not it will be the same height as Avellino’s, or any tenants, but a source said the plans are similar to strip malls Platinum has built elsewhere, including in Forest Hills and the one under construction on Rockaway Boulevard in Ozone Park.
The project has been delayed because of issues with obtaining the necessary permits from the city Department of Environmental Protection and concerns over the flow of traffic on Cross Bay Boulevard.
The site cannot be easily accessed from the southbound side of the boulevard, with drivers having to go into Howard Beach to make a U-turn to get to the site.