2007-01-12 / Front Page

Mixed-Use Plan For 'Arverne East' Revealed

Hotel, School, Housing, Stores, Movie Slated
By Howard Schwach


An artist's rendering of the new mixed-use Arverne East development looking eastward from the dune park to the mid-rise buildings.An artist's rendering of the new mixed-use Arverne East development looking eastward from the dune park to the mid-rise buildings. The face of the Rockaways will soon be changing in a big way as a consortium of three major developers bring their plans for the massive "Arverne East" project to fruition.

Those plans for the 47-acre site south of Rockaway Beach Boulevard from Beach 32 Street to Beach 46 Street, include 1,600 units of mixed-income housing, and 3,000 square feet of commercial space anchored by a supermarket, a hotel, a movie complex, several parks and a ball field.

The area has stood vacant, except for plant life and wild dogs, for more than 35 years, when thousands of summer bungalows and stores were plowed under as part of the Arverne Urban Renewal Project, a massive building project that was put on hold and never revived - until now.

Several of the planned mid-rise buildings will house both stores and restaurants as well as affordable housing units, according to the plans released by the office of Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the artist's renderings of the project, released by the urban design and architecture firm, Curtis and Ginsburg Architects.

The site plan for the new Arverne East development, which will stretch on the beachfront from Beach 32 Street to Beach 46 Street.The site plan for the new Arverne East development, which will stretch on the beachfront from Beach 32 Street to Beach 46 Street. The development team of Arverne East consists of The Bluestone Organization, L & M Equities and Triangle Equities Development, which were selected by the mayor and introduced at the groundbreaking for the new YMCA to be built on Beach 73 Street as part of the Arverne By The Sea development.

The Arverne East development is the third and last package for the urban renewal area. The first was the Water's Edge Project that centers around Beach 60 Street; the second, the Arverne By The Sea Project that centers around Beach 73 Street.

"When the Arverne area's redevelopment is complete, this new oceanfront community with affordable housing, commercial and recreational spaces, will bring jobs and homes for the entire Rockaway peninsula," the mayor said in a prepared statement.

Bloomberg said that nearly half of the housing units would be reserved for those families earning less that $92,170 for a family of four.

The plan calls for a mix of condominiums in the mid-rise buildings as well as two and three-family homes.

The project is expected to create more than 5,000 construction jobs and more than 1,000 permanent jobs once the project is completed, many of those for young people.

While there is no timetable as yet for the completion of the project, experts say that the build-out could take as long as a decade to complete.

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