Rite-Aid Pharmacy Set For Beach 108 Street Site
The empty lot at the corner of Beach 108 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard will become a new 15,000 square-foot Rite-Aid Pharmacy, according to a spokesperson for Manhattan's Marin Group, the architect for the project.
According to permit information supplied to the Department of Buildings, the new pharmacy will consist of a single one-floor building, although the area's C-2-2 zoning would allow for two floors of dwelling units above the store. The 15,264 square-foot building will be 26 feet high and will include a "drive-through" and a large loading dock in the rear of the facility.
Plans also call for a 21,720 squarefoot parking area that will allow for 52 cars adjacent to the building on the east end of the site.
The property is owned by Efstathios Valiotis, whose family also owns the Surfside Houses, located across Rockaway Beach Boulevard from the planned pharmacy.
Officials at Beach 109 Street Associates, a company located in Astoria that is the owner of record, did not return calls from The Wave. That company has the same address and phone number as Alma Realty, the company that owns Surfside Houses.
Officials at Rite-Aid said that it was too early to comment on the new facility.
New York City Department of Finance records show that Valiotis bought the property from New York City at a tax lien sale for $900,000 in June of 2005, about the same time he took over Surfside, which was having tax problems with both the city and the state.
Earlier plans had called for a small strip shopping center on the site.