A developer’s application to rezone a large piece of property in Woodside was approved by Community Board 2 last night.
The application calls for the development of a 13 story, 213 unit complex on Roosevelt Avenue—between 62nd and 63rd Streets. About 10 stores along the strip will have to bulldozed to make way for the project.
There was little discussion by the board about the size of the proposed project, despite it being significantly larger than what is permitted in accordance with current zoning code.
“This is a huge development,” said Christine Hunter, co-chair of the board’s Land Use Committee. “I really regret that we did not have more conversation or push them harder on some of the physical aspects of the bulk increase and height increase. This is not a modest increase.”
The application calls for a building that would be 211,500 square feet and consist of 213 units—154 market rate apartments and 54 affordable units.
The project would also come with 7,500 square feet of space dedicated to the arts, of which 2,000 square feet would be set aside for the Woodside arts group Mare Nostrum Elements. There would also be local retail space on the ground floor and cellar, as well as office space on the second floor.
Without a rezoning, the building would be limited in size to 119,500 square feet—and only 123 units could be built. There would also be no performance space required. The building, however, could be up to 9 stories and include commercial space.