The city is planning to transform a run-down Jamaica garage into a development that would include affordable housing and retail, as part of its goal to revitalize the long-overlooked neighborhood, officials said.
The city's Economic Development Corporation will soon release a request for proposals in an effort to develop the 45,000-square-foot site on 168th Street, between Jamaica and Archer avenues, Kyle Kimball, president of the agency, announced at a recent community event in Jamaica.
The agency tried to revitalize the site seven years ago, but the developers were hampered by the recession, the city said.
The city-owned site, across the street from the Home Depot, is currently used by the NYPD as a parking garage.
Sources familiar with the site said that it can accommodate about 300 apartments.
The city said the planned development would include affordable housing as well as some market-rate units and retail space.