Whitestone resident buys Jewels property to build homes

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The former Whitestone Jewels property has been sold to a developer who plans to build single-family homes on the lot.

The property, a six-acre lot at 150-33 6th Ave., was sold at an auction April 10 for $13.6 million, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) announced Tuesday.

Avella met with the new owner, Tim O’Sullivan, to discuss his plans for developing the lot. O’Sullivan plans to construct two-story, single-family houses.

His plans call for an as-of-right development that matches the existing R2 zoning on the site, which means that it is exclusively reserved for one-family detached homes.

Avella commended O’Sullivan for coming up with a project that does not violate the character of the neighborhood.

“I commend Mr. O’Sullivan for taking the concerns of these homeowners into considerat­ion,” Avella said in a statement. “I am happy to support a project that will preserve the look and feel of the surrounding community and I look forward to working with him as he develops this property.”

Last month, Avella called on any potential buyers and developers to respect the zoning status of the Whitestone Jewel site and a property at 151-45 6th Road, on the waterfront near the intersection of 151st Place and 6th Road.

The School Construction Authority wanted to build a high school on the former Whitestone Jewels site, but the plan was halted in May 2014 after the SCA realized the area did not have sufficient infrastructure or transportation for a high school.

City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside), who was a candidate at the time for the seat he now holds, had also spearheaded a protest against the SCA’s plans to build a high school when neighbors caught SCA officials checking out the site in fall 2013.

O’Sullivan, who grew up in Whitestone, said he wants to contribute to the neighborhood in a positive way.

“We are looking forward to working with the community, Sen. Avella and our architect, Frank Petruso, to produce a development befitting this beautiful Whitestone neighborho­od,” he said.

Reach reporter Madina Toure by e-mail at or by phone at (718) 260–4566.

Posted 12:00 am, April 19, 2015
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James from Whitestone says:
Senator Avella informed the community at the last We Love Whitestone meeting.
He told us who the developer was and that he had already met with him.
I want to thank Al Centola for having the senator speak on this incredibly important issue in our community. Then the read a heartwarming letter and honored two local police officers. What a group!
Al Centola along with Geore M and the rest of the We Love Whitestone civic, are doing amazing things. It was my first meeting. I signed up immediately and look forward to volunteering.
April 19, 2015, 9:43 pm
anon from queens says:
At least it's a white person and not an Asian developer!
April 20, 2015, 5:06 am
James C. from Whitestone says:
Centola, your name is not James or anon and if you were NOT a part of we love Whitestone, more people would sign up. The people of Whitestone know you to be a g-d damn nut.

George M, you must loose this guy, he will bring you down. You have to much to offer.
April 20, 2015, 11:47 am
Karen K. from Whitestone says:
I was happy until I saw the name Frank Petruso as architect. He is responsible for many of the hideous McMansions in Malba with oversized balustrades, fake stucco and turrets which resemble something out of Disney's Magic Kingdom. I can only hope that the price point of each house doesn't allow him to let his fantasies take over, and that the houses will resemble the totally bland generic boxes that are already surrounding the area. To wish for anything tasteful is to hope for too much.
April 20, 2015, 11:23 pm
amon from queens says:
James C. you are a punk. Al Centola is the new leader of Whitestone and you don't like it. HA HA HA.
April 21, 2015, 6:42 am
Kimberly from Whitestone says:
Karen K. don't hate on what you can't have, jealousy is an ugly color on you. Love the McMansions and all they do to raise the property values of all the crappy little capes around them. Bring em on.
April 21, 2015, 2:27 pm
James C. from Whitestone says:
Centola, James and anon to Karen K. and Kimberly. Think you may have a problem? This is frightening.
April 21, 2015, 4:28 pm
Karen K from Whitestone says:
James C. I think you have the problem not Al. He has done so much for the people of Whitestone. You are nothing but a jealous punk, just like the many failed Whitestone civic leaders that have tried to take credit for much of Al's hard work over the years.

Al is making a big difference in Whitestone and all of Queens, that is why a have joined

Thank you Al Centola, you are the reason I love Whitestone.
Please run for office next time around, you will have my vote.
April 21, 2015, 5:56 pm
anon from queens says:
Karen K, I'm sure most of Queens feels the same way you do. Campaigns are very expensive, we should start thinking about this now.
April 21, 2015, 6:04 pm
James k from Whitestone says:
How does a write in campaign work?
April 21, 2015, 11:18 pm
James from Whitestone says:
Again, this is all you with your multi-name nonsense. You are not James, Anon, Kim or Karen. No one wants you to run for any government office. No one has or will ever start a write in petition for you to be in higher office. You are well known by anyone that matters as an avoidable issue.
April 22, 2015, 7:45 am
Dillon says:
April 22, 2015, 11:56 am
Lisa Marie from Whitestone says:
Alfredo, the fun never stops with you. I had a wonderful vacation, need to catch up.

How many new names did you post this month?
April 23, 2015, 2:59 pm
James K from Whitestone says:
The c-nt is back. Hahahaha
April 24, 2015, 8:06 am
Lisa Marie from Whitestone says:
Alfredo, nothing ever changes with you. You are still a very, very sad man.
April 24, 2015, 6:50 pm
anon from queens says:
James K is right about you Lisa. Hahahaha.

Thank you Al Centola for all you do.
April 26, 2015, 2:40 pm

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