The rental development planned for 176 Woodward Avenue, on the corner of Starr Street, is one step closer to becoming a reality. The Times Newsweekly tweeted that this week, Community Board 5 voted to approve a zoning conversion for the industrial area between Woodward, Starr, Onderdonk and Flushing to accommodate residential use. CB5 held a public hearing on the matter in March.

The developers will still need city approval for the rezoning before they start building. The development will include 88 units, 120 parking spots and ground floor retail.

All 176 Woodward Avenue coverage [Q’Stoner] GMAP


Queens Courier attended the public hearing held by Community Board Five for a zoning change to build a luxury rental development at 176 Woodward Avenue, in Ridgewood. According to the Courier, some Ridgewood residents expressed a fear of gentrification that the build could bring. As a lifelong resident stated, “What are we going to get that comes with this to make sure that our neighborhood could handle this and that it’s not a complete rift from the incomes that are in that neighborhood, so that when this wonderful looking project shows up all the folks that can’t afford wonderful looking projects in New York City don’t get kicked out.”

Estimated rental prices are $1,100 to $1,200 for a studio, $1,400 to $1,600 for a one bedroom and $1,700 to $1,800 for a two bedroom. Other residents expressed support for the zoning change, saying that the growth will have a good impact on the community. The Land Use Committee will discuss the community feedback before making a decision to support or oppose the rezoning, which will be announced at the general meeting on April 7th.

Ridgewood Residents Divided over Planned Luxury Apartment Building [Queens Courier]
176 Woodward Avenue coverage [Q’Stoner]


Tonight, Community Board Five will hold a public hearing in regards to a proposal to rezone the property between Woodward, Starr, Onderdonk and Flushing from industrial to residential/commercial use. This is the site for the proposed luxury rental at 176 Woodward Avenue designed by the architect Ariel Aufgang. It’ll have 88 units, 120 parking spots and ground floor retail. The developers hope to begin construction this year. Wyckoff Heights reports that “the Driscoll Group has been retained to lobby city council members in support of the rezoning effort.”

If you’re interested in attending, the hearing will be held tonight, 7:30 pm, at the Christ the King Regional High School cafeteria in Middle Village, 68-02 Metropolitan Avenue.

Public Hearing Tonight on Proposed Rezoning near Ridgewood/Bushwick Border [Wyckoff Heights]
Luxury Rentals and a Production Studio Planned for Ridgewood [Q’Stoner] GMAP


We’re a little late to this news, but last week the architect Ariel Aufgang announced two upscale projects for Ridgewood and Bushwick. Rendered above, the 88-unit rental development planned for 176 Woodward Avenue, on the corner of Starr Street. Crain’s reports that the developer is seeking permits from the city to convert the parcel from manufacturing to residential use. The development will rise four stories and could possibly include a rooftop dog walk, a gym, garage and ground-floor retail. The architect said the design is to supposed to look like an assemblage of smaller properties — how do you like the looks of it? Construction should begin this year.

Meanwhile, the two-story, 75,600 square foot warehouse at 10-19 Irving Avenue, on the corner of Covert Street, just sold for $8,100,000. According to the NY Real Estate Journal, the purchaser plans to renovate the space into a production studio. The renovation calls for plans to reopen the 288 foot wall of windows which has been blocked for over two decades by a previous owner.

Upscale Apartments to Land in Bushwick [Crain’s] GMAP
Highcap Group Sells 10-19 Irving Avenue for $8.1 Million [NYREJ] GMAP