The Planning Commission has approved the construction of a six-storey mixed-use property at 77-39 Vleigh Place in Kew Gardens Hills, Queens. Led by developer VP Capital Holdings, the building will create a mix of market-priced apartments, affordable homes, retail and community spaces.
The development site sits on a wedge-shaped lot between 78th Avenue and 77th Road facing Vleigh Place. The project was originally proposed in 2020 as an eight-story building with 119 rental units. A total of 36 apartments would have been reserved for affordable housing.
Following a lengthy Uniform Land Use Review process, where members of the local community are asked to give their views on proposed developments that require substantial rezoning, Queens Community Board 8 and the Chairman of the Borough of Queens voted against the development in March 2022 and again in April.
The current iteration of the project specifies the construction of an 83,500 square foot six-story building with up to 90 apartments. No less than 27 units, or 30% of the floor area, will be reserved for affordable housing. The property will also create 126 parking spaces and 35,000 square feet of retail and community space.
Current renderings show a mixed-material facade featuring black, white, and red cladding and a grid of large, industrial-inspired windows. The building will peak at 55 feet with two 25-foot setbacks at the rear of the building on the fifth floor. The building will also feature a green roof with open space for tenants.
In recognition of the developer’s efforts to appease Queens Community Board 8, the Planning Commission approved the development, virtually clearing the way for construction to begin.
Today, the demolition of the old property is almost complete.
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