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Projects & Proposals > Queens > North Corona 2 Rezoning Printer Friendly Version
North Corona 2 Rezoning - Approved!
Overview | Existing Zoning | Proposed Zoning | Public Review

  Update March 24, 2009:
On March 24, 2009, the City Council adopted the North Corona 2 Rezoning.  The zoning changes are now in effect.

Study Area
Study Area
The Department of City Planning proposes Zoning Map changes for 100 blocks in the north-central Queens neighborhood of North Corona in Community District 3.  The rezoning area is located south of East Elmhurst and LaGuardia Airport and west of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, and it is generally bounded by Roosevelt Avenue on the south, 89th Street to 95th Street on the west, Northern and Astoria boulevards on the north and 114th Street on the east.  Most of the blocks within the current proposed rezoning were included within a Department-sponsored rezoning adopted in 2003.

The proposed North Corona 2 rezoning aims to protect the established lower density character of the area’s residential side streets and ensure that future development more closely reflects the context of surrounding portions of the neighborhood.  The proposed rezoning would also provide opportunities for new, medium-density residential or mixed-use development on Northern and Astoria boulevards that would be regulated by building height limits. 

This rezoning was initiated by the Department in response to its pledge to the community to monitor new development following the 2003 rezoning and community concerns that recent construction was out-of-character with existing neighborhood development patterns.  The proposed rezoning is the result of consultation with members of Community Board 3, the Queens Borough President and the City Council Member representing the area.

Development of residential blocks in North Corona first occurred with the expansion of Long Island Rail Road service from the mid- to late 19th Century.  This rail access stimulated the subdivision of farmland into blocks and lots for residential development.  Many two-story detached and attached one- and two-family buildings located in the eastern portion of the rezoning area date from this period. 

In the early 20th Century following the completion of the Queensboro Bridge and the transit line above Roosevelt Avenue, a second period of residential development commenced characterized by five- and six-story apartment buildings primarily concentrated in the western portion of the area.  Following World War II, six-story elevator apartment building complexes were constructed at the eastern and western ends of Northern Boulevard within North Corona. 

Since the mid-1990’s extensive redevelopment has occurred within portions of the rezoning area as multi-family, walk-up apartment buildings have replaced existing detached one- and two-family homes.  The current rezoning proposal seeks to curb out-of-character development on residential side streets while supporting multi-family and mixed-use development along portions of Northern and Astoria boulevards.

Detached residences in the existing R5 District on the corner of 34th Avenue at 98th Street
Detached residences in the existing R5 District on the corner of 34th Avenue at 97th Street
Semi-detached residences on 93rd Street  south of Elmhurst Avenue zoned R6B
Semi-detached residences on 92rd Street  north of 37th Avenue zoned R6B


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