Nice Development: Condos For Beach 117th

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When developers bought the old Beach Club site on Beach 116th Street and announced that an eight-story market-rate condo was to be built, a secondary part of the development plan included another building facing Beach 117th Street with 100 senior affordable units. With some urging from City Councilman Eric Ulrich and Community Board 14, The Marcal Group has changed plans. Market-rate townhouse-style condos will be constructed instead.

Mark Caller, CEO of Marcal, said, “We feel our revised plan, which will include eight 4-story townhouses will be a perfect fit for Beach 117th Street.”

Caller said the whole development, which also includes properties across Beach 116th Street and facing Beach 115th Street, will not include any affordable housing and include ample parking.

Ulrich seemed pleased with Caller’s overall approach. “Rockaway is turning a new page. Businesses are booming and the property values on the peninsula are on the uptick. But if we’re serious about revitalizing Rockaway Park, we must address the longstanding issues on Beach 116/117th Streets; namely blight, low-income housing and overall decay. Mr. Caller is a man of his word, who has demonstrated a willingness to work with the community. He is a responsible developer who has a vision for high- quality market-rate housing. I share that vision and look forward to helping him on future projects.”

In advance of marketing his project, Caller has been contacting and meeting with elected officials and business and property owners about cleaning up the “blight” Ulrich refers to, specifically Beach 115th Street. This block has long been notorious for adult homes with problematic tenants.

Another blight seems ready to be removed. In March, The Rockaway Times broke the news that the crumbling, vacant theater on Beach 116th Street is under contract and will be razed for new development. Caller sees this as another sign that Beach 116th Street is being transformed.  His development, which includes both residential and commercial components, will attract “the young and family-oriented. The ferry, new businesses. It’s all good. We believe in Rockaway.”

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