Vision revived for 134-unit College Pt. condo

Developers who want to build condos on the site of the old Chilton Paint factory have asked the city for more time. Photo by Joe Anuta
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Plans to convert a dilapidated College Point factory into a 134-unit waterfront condo complex resurfaced this month after spending years off the community’s radar.

On Aug. 14, the city Board of Standards and Appeals received a request to extend a set of permits to allow construction at the old Chilton Paint Co. factory, at 110th Street and 15th Avenue.

The permit, called a variance, allows the developer to circumvent zoning laws and build housing in a manufacturing district.

The permit was initially issued in 2005 but was only valid for three years.

When it first expired in 2009, the developer had still not put a shovel in the ground and went back to the board.

According to documents filed with BSA, construction was delayed because the ownership of the property changed hands and the economic downturn caused funding to dry up.

The BSA granted the extension for another three years “on condition that substantial construction shall be completed by July 19, 2012.”

Yet substantial construction has not been completed. In fact, no work appears to have been done on the property as the developer is again approaching the city for another extension.

Details of the latest request were not available, but the 2005 plans show the developer’s vision for a six-story, 134-unit condo complex with views of the Manhattan skyline, as well as LaGuardia Airport and Rikers Island.

Out of the total units, 14 would be three-bedroom, 68 would be two-bedroom and 52 would be one-bedroom apartments, according to plans submitted to Community Board 7 in 2005.

The exterior of the three-story brick factory would be kept intact, although its innards would be renovated and connected to two long, six-story buildings that would form the bulk of the housing. Those two buildings would extend outward from the factory toward the water, forming a U-shape with a courtyard in the middle, according to the plans.

Due to city laws governing the development of waterfront property, a public walkway would also be required to hug the coastline in front of the complex.

The building would also feature 139 parking spaces, but that did not stop the community from worrying about traffic.

CB 7 Chairman Gene Kelty said the additional traffic generated by the complex could prove troublesome for the area.

Another condo complex was erected next door to the derelict factory a few years ago.

And according to neighbor Adrian Simon, the people who live there often do not use the parking that has been provided in the complex, but rather take valuable spots on the street.

“If they see one empty on their way in, they take it,” he said, adding that a new police facility down the street also causes traffic headaches, as officers violate traffic laws with impunity.

Reach reporter Joe Anuta by e-mail at or by phone at 718-260-4566.

Updated 12:37 am, August 30, 2012
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MIKE from Jackson Heights says:
I hope the existing building is retained as part of the new condo. The history of our boro should be incorporated in the new use.

Also, it would be cool and look great.
Aug. 30, 2012, 2:36 pm
Cleo from College Point says:
CP is under the flight path of La Guardia and it gets very noisy even with the windows closed - sometimes every five minutes, there is the sound of a plane flying overhead that drowns out everything - tv, phone conversation. CP is not that nice a place and residents should be grateful that clueless new immigrants don't mind the drawbacks because they need to work in nearby Flushing. This is a natural but not glamorous evolution of a working class neighborhood that like the fictional Bon Temps in True Blood isn't even a real town.
Aug. 31, 2012, 8:40 am
Paul says:
Rest assured gallons law firm is involved in this deal as well as all the other development deals in district 19. No more halloran he has to go.
Sept. 1, 2012, 8:27 pm
Janet says:
Hello Paul, in a unrelated story, on another site, you have stated, "Don't worry, unlike Al who is a good guy trying to do the right thing. I've dealt with —— like you and Halloran before". Would you please explain your comment? Thank you.
Sept. 4, 2012, 9:58 am
Carmine says:
Next you'll be saying, Paul is Paul Tower, Ha ha, he is not! I have had the pleasure of working with both young men. Two different people working togerher to bring back, that which once was, My Whitestone.
Sept. 4, 2012, 10:54 am
Janet says:
and sir, you are?
Sept. 4, 2012, 11:36 am
Carmine says:
Doesn't matter who the hell I am. Why are you fishing around for information on my friends Al and Paul? What the hell is CAPS? Why don't you explain? Hmmmmm!!
Sept. 4, 2012, 11:57 am
Janet says:
My name is Janet Cartone, I am the director of Citizens Against Political Slander.

Carmine, are you on the board of directors of the Malba Gardens civic association. If so, what is your last name?
Sept. 4, 2012, 12:31 pm
Carmine says:
My last name is none of your damn business and I have no idea what the hell the Malba Gardens civic association is. Good day!!
Sept. 4, 2012, 12:51 pm
Janet says:
Carmine, would you please explain the nature of your work with Paul and Paul Tower? What is Paul's last name?
Sept. 4, 2012, 1:22 pm
Eleanor says:
Frank, Mr. Centola, Carmine, Paul and Mr. Tower are good men doing great things for this community. I will no longer allow them to participate in your witch hunt. Good day!!
Sept. 5, 2012, 3:45 pm
Frank Mendel from CAPS says:
Your participation is not necessary to complete our investigation. If you wish to discuss this matter further, my contact information has been sent to your clients malba gardens in box. Thank you.
Sept. 5, 2012, 4:52 pm
Vinny D. from Whitestone says:
It has been said all along. All of these flake and phony names such as Camine, EllenB, Paul Tower and Mike, have been made up for the purpose of casting a negative light on Mr. Centola. This investigation is a good thing and I hope the truth will finally come out. Paul? stop talking trash about a good man!!
Sept. 6, 2012, 1:11 pm
Angelo says:
The only problem with your comment VinnyD. is Alfredo is all of these flake and phony names such as Camine, EllenB, Paul Tower, Mike and endless other. Check the facts, I know CAPS is.
Sept. 9, 2012, 8:52 am
CAPS says:
Our investigation is focusing on the activities of those that swore under oath to represent the citizens that entrusted them to represent
Sept. 10, 2012, 2:29 pm
Chris says:
Well then CAPS, you are investigating the wrong man. You will not find any citizen in this town that has ever entrusted Centola to represent them in any way. Nice try Al.
Sept. 11, 2012, 10:22 am
Kelly from College Point says:
Come on give it a f,ing break already. Centola is a lonely guy making comments on blogs under different names, So what. Do you think your any better? Leave the guy alone.
Sept. 11, 2012, 2:28 pm

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