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14 The Courier sun • JULY 3, 2014 for breaking news visit www.couriersun.com THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre Construction is in progress of a new five-story hotel in Flushing set to be completed in 2015. NEW FIVE-STORY HOTEL COMING TO FLUSHING BY LIAM LA GUERE lguerre@queenscourier.com @liamlaguerre A new five-story hotel with nearly 40 rooms is moving into the north Flushing area with plans to be completed next year. Construction workers recently demolished the two-story home that was on 31-06 Linden Pl., and are currently working on the hotel with an anticipated spring 2015 target date. The hotel will not share any commercial uses and there will not be a parking lot on site, Department of Building records show. The lodging is located close to a shopping mall anchored by Pathmark, and across the nearby Whitestone Expressway there is a center with a movie theatre and Toys R Us. Owners of the structure didn’t return calls for comment. THE COURIER/Photo by Mike DiBartolomeo Officials shovel dirt for the groundbreaking ceremony of the nearly $1 billion Flushing Commons development. Officials break ground on $1B Flushing Commons development BY LIAM LA GUERE lguerre@queenscourier.com @liamlaguerre Flushing’s nearly $1 billion project finally got off the ground. Officials broke ground June 30 on Flushing Commons, a massive mixed-use residential and commercial development that will transform more than five acres of land in downtown Flushing. The project will offer new retail opportunities, community facilities, 1,600 parking spaces, a large public plaza and a 62,000-squarefoot YMCA with two pools, a full-size gym and an indoor running track. “Today is a good day for the Flushing community. After much delay, we are finally breaking ground on a project that promises to create jobs, housing and economic activity,” Councilman Peter Koo said. “Once this project is completed, it could play a significant role in cementing Flushing’s transformation into an economic powerhouse.” Flushing Commons will be built in two phases, which developers said will reduce the level of construction and traffic congestion in the area. Phase 1, which is expected to be completed in 2017, includes approximately 219,000 square feet of office and retail space, 150 units of housing and a 982-space parking lot. The second phase will comprise about 242,000 square feet of office and retail space, 450 residential units, 618 additional parking spaces, the YMCA, and a 1.5-acre public plaza called The Green at Flushing Commons. Phase 2 is expected to be completed by 2021. Rendering courtesy TDC Development International


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