2007-09-07 / Community

Arverne By The Sea Eyeing Retail Space As Next Step Transit Plaza, Shops, Mid-Rise Houses Due

By Howard Schwach

An artist's rendering of the Transit Plaza that will be located between Beach 67 and Beach 69 Streets along a new, four-lane Rockaway Beach Boulevard. Radiating out from the boulevard to the boardwalk will be mid-rise condo buildings, with retail space on the first floor. An artist's rendering of the Transit Plaza that will be located between Beach 67 and Beach 69 Streets along a new, four-lane Rockaway Beach Boulevard. Radiating out from the boulevard to the boardwalk will be mid-rise condo buildings, with retail space on the first floor. Take a ride down Beach Front Road, which connects with Shore Front Parkway at Beach 73 Street, and you'll see the next generation of Arverne By The Sea homes rising from the barren dirt.

Most Rockaway people think of homes when they think of the massive development project, because there will one day be thousands of new housing units between Beach 78 Street and Beach 62 Street.

One feature that most locals do not know about, however, is the Transit Plaza that is planned for the land south of the Rockaway Freeway and north of the new, four-lane Rockaway Beach Boulevard, between Beach 67 and Beach 69 Streets.

That Transit Plaza will surround the Beach 67 Street A-Line subway station with 11 separate retail stores, according to a spokesperson for Arverne By The Sea. The stores range in size from 930 square feet to more than 5,000 square feet.

The site plan for Arverne By The Sea. The Transit Plaza is part of "The Tides" neighborhood. The site plan for Arverne By The Sea. The Transit Plaza is part of "The Tides" neighborhood. Planned for the plaza are some restaurants, a bank and several retail shops.

That retail space is in addition to the Super Stop and Shop that will soon be constructed east of Beach 73 Street, a 65,000-square-foot comprehensive supermarket.

Arverne By the Sea is an amalgam of several distinct "neighborhoods."

The first two neighborhoods that were built, Palmer's Landing and The Sands, centering on Beach 73 Street, are completely sold out. The condominium buildings adjacent to PS 183 on Beach 80 Street, The Nautilus, The Coral House and The Reef, are being sold quickly, officials say, with the lat- ter two buildings 99 percent sold.

The neighborhood that motorists see from Beach Front Road is called The Breakers and homes are now being sold, although the seven along the beachfront road have reportedly already been sold. The Breakers is scheduled for 266 two-family homes.

The Transit Plaza is part of a neighborhood called The Tides, which will include 900 mid-rise condos, as well as retail shops, on the first floor of the condo buildings.

The final, and easternmost section, The Dunes, will include 516 dwelling units and an 800-seat school that reportedly will be a charter school that will draw from the entire Rockaway community.

Officials say that the entire development project should be built out by the end of 2010, although there are always factors that could push that date back a year or two.

The area to the east of Beach 57 Street south of Rockaway Beach Boulevard is called Arverne East and will be developed by another large development consortium. That area will reportedly include a dune park, amusements, a hotel and a movie theater, as well as homes and retail space.

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