Flushing Commons is a joint venture of TDC Development Corporation and the Rockefeller Group Development Corporation to redevelop a five-acre site in Downtown Flushing, Queens. The project will transform what is now a municipal parking lot into a vibrant new mixed-use development, creating approximately 2,600 construction jobs and 1,900 permanent jobs. The project architect is Perkins Eastman.
The Flushing Commons development includes:
- 1.5-acre town square consisting of an open space with a fountain plaza, that will be large enough to support community-sponsored cultural events and performances
- 1,600 parking spaces with short-term parking at below-market rates, in response to community requests
- 62,000-square-foot state-of-the-art YMCA featuring amenities such as a swimming pool, basketball courts, a running track, an exercise room, and daycare, with memberships available to community residents
- 36,000 square feet of community space
- 235,000 square feet of retail space, including local and national retailers and restaurants
- 185,000 square feet of office space
- Approximately 600 residential condominium units
The project will incorporate low-impact development techniques and green building technologies to achieve LEED certification. The developer is committed to establishing job training programs to encourage hiring from the local community during construction and in permanent positions afterward. New York City will provide $2 million in assistance to small businesses that are impacted by the construction of the Flushing Commons project. Dynamic retail options will complement, not compete, with existing retail supply. Project will include outdoor cafes and seating areas.
“The Flushing Commons proposal features dynamic retail choices, reasonable parking solutions, and much-needed community amenities that will benefit the entire neighborhood and attract visitors to the area,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “It also provides an attractive town square area that will become the center of community activity, which was a major recommendation of the Development Framework for Downtown Flushing.”
Flushing Commons is projected to be completed in 2013-2014.