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New luxury apartment complex coming to Jamaica by 2019

Zara Realty, a Queens-based real estate firm, is developing a new apartment complex near Rufus King Park, which is expected to be completed around summer 2019.
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Zara Realty, a Queens-based real estate firm, is developing a new luxury apartment complex near Rufus King Park on 89th Avenue between 172nd and 173 streets in Jamaica.

The 18-unit, seven-story building will feature a gym, two rooftop terraces with a recreational space, a lounge with free Wi-fi, washer and dyers in every unit, and a 24/7 concierge, according to Jason Fink, a spokesman.

Construction on the complex is set to begin in spring 2018 and should be completed in 18 months, according to Fink. It is part of the development explosion going on in Jamaica, which is expected to bring 2,000 new housing units and 1,500 hotel rooms over the next few years, according to Greater Jamaica Development Corporation.

“We have been investing in this community for 35 years, and as Jamaica continues to grow and thrive, we are helping to provide the critical, high-quality housing that will accommodate this growth,” said Anthony Subraj, vice president at Zara Realty. “As a firm founded and still run by an immigrant family that made Jamaica our home, we are committed to the future of this diverse and vibrant community.”

Zara owns and manages more than 2.6 million square feet of residential property in Jamaica and surrounding communities, according to Fink.

Not everyone in the community is happy about this new development, however.

Less than a month ago, Chhaya CDC, the Tenant Association of Hillside Park, Woodside on the Move, Stabilizing NYC, AAFE, and Catholic Migration Services were demonstrating against Zara’s business practices on 168th Street in Jamaica.

Members of the different associations accused Zara representatives of “harassment, undue rent increases, and frivolous lawsuits,” and called them “predatory landlords.”

“Zara Reality has a track record of tenant harassment and contributing to the displacement of low-income residents,” said Jagpreet Singh, a spokesman for Chhaya, a community development corporation. “Jamaica needs affordable housing and responsible landlords.

“This development will make it hard for long-time residents and their families to stay in their community. Chhaya is committed to working with community members that will be impacted by this new development and ensure that private developers are held accountable for predatory practices.”

Zara Realty spokesman Jason Fink found Singh’s accusations to be baseless.

“Zara has invested millions of dollars in improvements and modernizations to buildings throughout Queens to create high-quality affordable housing,” Fink said. “We are a long-term investor in neighborhoods, particularly Jamaica, and have created thousands of units of affordable housing, while continuously making critical upgrades to buildings so that tenants can stay in their communities.

“This new development is on a currently empty lot. No one is being displaced. We are very proud of the work we have done to bring much needed high-quality housing to southeast Queens. Any allegations to the contrary are completely without merit and have no basis in fact.”

Reach reporter Naeisha Rose by e-mail at nrose@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4573.

Posted 12:00 am, September 26, 2017
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jimmytheblonde says:
There is no such thing as "luxury apartment' in Jamaica. Again, this is yet another plan for the city and shifty developers to hyper-gentrify the area as duhblasio has done across the boroughs. That plan is to kick out all the minority residents to make way for the elitists. Nauseous Rose lies once again to the public by claiming some "development explosion" when in fact the residents have been intimidated and bullied into abandoning their homes to make room for the elitists and their plasticized luxuries. The very same is happening across the boroughs.
Sept. 26, 2017, 3:51 am
jimmethebrunette says:
Perhaps no one should invest in the borough and let the housing stock and neighborhood deteriorate?
Sept. 27, 2017, 1:03 pm
CH from Jamaica says:
Why can't we have nice, simple housing?? Who in Jamaica can afford this?? I love Jamaica (live and work here!) but it's not a neighborhood where people who can afford this stuff would want to live. We don't have many sit-down restaurants, bespoke cafes, higher-end retail, etc. Jamaica is not the LES!
I pay $1250/mo for a plain studio here and that eats up nearly half my salary. We need more "regular" housing. No one really needs a dishwasher or rooftop terrace, but everyone needs a clean, decent place!
Sept. 27, 2017, 3:20 pm
Clean It Up from Queens says:
Can't Times Ledger and its so-called reporters get information right. Rufus King Park is NOT even close to 172nd and 173rd St. The streets over there are are 150 and below.

RESEARCH FOLKS, it is not that damn hard. I mean KNOW what the hell you are talking about.

Jamaica needs places like this as opposed to what others here say, the community is a garbage strewn ghetto mess.
Sept. 28, 2017, 2:49 pm
AJ from Queens says:
Giving people the option to rent in a luxury building is excellent. It is their option. No one is forcing them to rent there. This is a blessing to the neighborhood and may actually attract the mid 30's clientele that work in NYC to move there. Just because you personally may not be able to afford an apartment in a new, nice building, don't stop others from enjoying their lives that can afford it. Progress is always a good thing people. Stopping an Organization that seems to be doing a lot for the local people and even the not so local people is preposterous. Do yourself a favor and google Zara Realty and read the articles about how they are actually helping others and not lining their pockets. Even though I probably won't be able to afford a place there, I respect the idea, and the fact that they are trying to make the neighborhood better.
Sept. 14, 11:43 am

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