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The city announced Tuesday it is seeking firms to develop a mixed-use building on the site of a municipal parking lot in Flushing, Queens. The move to replace the lot with a structure that would include affordable housing units is part of Mayor Bill de Blasio's effort to build more such apartments on publicly owned, underused lots near transit hubs.
The Department of Housing Preservation and Development released a request for proposals for the 156-space lot, located on 41st Avenue near Main Street—steps from Flushing's Long Island Rail Road station and a few blocks from the No. 7 train, which stops at one of the busiest pedestrian intersections in the entire city. In its place, the administration is seeking an affordable housing project with ground-floor retail, and possibly some combination of community facility and commercial space, along with parking.
The makeup of the eventual project will depend on the proposals, but the city plans to rezone the 43,200-square-foot parcel to allow for nearly double the amount of housing that could be built today. If developers were to take full advantage of that higher limit, the project could include about 200 units.