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23-story tower coming to Queens Blvd. in Rego Park
BY RYAN KELLEY
Queens Boulevard is the target
of another developer looking
to build a massive residential
property in Rego Park, according to
an application recently fi led through
the Department of Buildings (DOB).
The application, which is in the
pre-fi ling stage as of July 20, describes
a 23-story, mixed-use building to be
built at 98-04 Queens Blvd. With a total
of 384,625 square feet, the 265-foot
tower would have 116 residential units,
24,958 square feet of commercial
space, 30,226 square feet of community
facility space and a parking garage
with 411 spaces.
The fi rst fl oor of the building would
include retail space, a lobby for the
residential space and a lobby for the
community facility, records show. The
community facility itself would be
located on the fourth and fi ft h fl oors,
while the fourth fl oor will also have a
lounge, children’s room, teen room, fi tness
room and outdoor terrace for the
residents. There will also be a terrace
on the third fl oor, fi ft h fl oor and sixth
fl oor, records show.
The apartments will be located from
the fi ft h fl oor on up to the 23rd fl oor,
The vacant lot on the corner of Queens Boulevard and 65th Road where a 23-story residential building has
and the building will also include a
bike storage room for 67 bikes, records
The tower would rise on a currently
vacant lot that was once the site
of a corner store, a pharmacy and a
few small eateries. That commercial
space was demolished to make way
for a proposed eight-story, mixed-use
building that never came to fruition,
Instead, the previous owner sold
the property to current owner Avi
Matatov of RB Realty Capital LLC in
January for $12 million.
The architecture firm listed on
the application, SLCE Architects
LLP, is responsible for the Rego Park
Center as well as some of New York’s
most impressive residential developments
in Long Island City and the
tallest apartment building on the
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western hemisphere at 435 Park Ave.
The tower application comes just
one month aft er Community Board 2
voted against a huge development that
would bring 561 apartments to Queens
Boulevard in Elmhurst, though the
application is still under public review.
It is unclear whether or not the Rego
Park tower would have to undergo
public review or be built as-of-right.
Three cuff ed for roles in wild Queens Center mall melee
BY ROBERT POZARYCKI
RPOZARYCKI@QNS.COM / @ROBBPOZ
Three people face assault charges
for their alleged roles in a wild
melee in the Queens Center Mall
food court on Friday night.
Police said the violent incident —
which left one man with a stab wound
to his head — began at about 7 p.m. on
July 20 in the food court in the JCPenney
wing of the mall located at 90-17
Queens Blvd. in Elmhurst.
According to WABC-TV, two men
in their 20s were at the food court
eating when a group of fi ve individuals
approached and engaged them in
a dispute. That set off a large fracas
between the group caught on camera,
during which one of the participants
slashed a 27-year-old man in the head.
Officers from the 110th Precinct
and EMS units responded to a 911 call
about the melee. Paramedics brought
the 27-year-old man to a local hospital
for treatment of his injuries, which
were not considered life-threatening.
Another man injured in the assault
was also hospitalized and treated.
Shortly aft er the fi ght, police said,
three individuals — Joshua Adams, 21,
of First Street in Astoria and Dorell
James, 20, and Shakema James, 27, of
Salisbury, North Carolina — were
apprehended at the corner of 92nd
Street and 57th Avenue, just outside of
the mall. Police charged each of them
aft er questioning.
According to the criminal complaint
that the Queens District Attorney’s
offi ce provided, the three individuals
had visited the food court when they
were approached by the 27-year-old
man, who attempted to punch Dorell
James in the face. All of the defendants,
along with an unapprehended individual,
then became involved in the brawl.
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Adams, Dorell James and Shakema
James were each charged with second
and third-degree assault and
second-degree harassment, police said.
Two other individuals believed to
have been involved in melee remain
at large, law enforcement sources said.