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Queens Hospital Center's brick "A" building at 164th Street and Grand Central Parkway is being demolished to make way for new development projects.
QHC plans to use the land for a complex likely to include about 100 units of rental housing, commercial office and retail spaces, outpatient services, a wellness center, a retail pharmacy, a daycare center and a multi-level parking garage with at least 250 parking spaces, a QHC representative said during a presentation to Queens officials at Borough Hall Monday.
"We need the space for doctors, and the apartments would be very helpful for residents, who usually spend a year at the hospital," said Judy Barr, a project manager at the city Economic Development Corporation.
Barr said the apartments would be targeted at middle-income people living or working in the area, and would rent for about $1,100 to $1,500 for a one-bedroom apartment.
"It's a win-win situation," said Antonio Martin, chief executive officer of Queens Hospital Center. "It will provide affordable and convenient housing for QHC employees and the community."
Other projects include a 800-seat Gateway High School for students interested in science and medicine, a morgue, and a Margaret Tietz center to provide dialysis services, assisted living, senior housing and an adult day care program.
CB8-QHC Land Use Committee members, who have complained in the past about not being informed about QHC's development plans, suggested the Request for Proposals scheduled to be released in mid-February be delayed up to 60 days to allow time for a preliminary public hearing on the proposed apartment complex.
"I see the need for some housing there, but we would request that it be scaled back a bit, to about a quarter or a half of that," said Kevin Forrestal, president of the Hillcrest Estate Civic Association and a Community Board 8 QHC Land Use committee member. "The more people you're putting in, the more issues there are on transportation, sewers."
Reach reporter Tien-Shun Lee by e-mail at Timesledger@aol.com, or call (718) 229-0300, ext. 155.
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