The Department’s North Corona 2 rezoning proposal for 100 blocks within the neighborhood has two components:
Five areas are proposed to be rezoned from R6B to R5A, a zone that was not yet created at the time of the 2003 North Corona rezoning:
Detached houses on 91st Street near Elmhurst Avenue where R5A is proposed
- four block portions centered on 91st Street between 35th and Elmhurst avenues
- on 17 full or portions of blocks between Junction Boulevard and 102nd Street north of 37th Avenue
- on five full or portions of blocks between 97th and 100th streets south of 37th Avenue
- on four full or portions of blocks south of 37th Road between 104th and 108th streets
- on eight full or portions of blocks between 108th and 114th streets south of 37th Avenue.
The proposed R5A zoning limits new residential development to one- or two-family detached houses with a maximum 1.1 FAR with a 300 square-foot floor area bonus for a detached garage. The maximum perimeter wall height is 25 feet, and the maximum building height is 35 feet. The minimum required lot width is 30 feet, and a minimum lot area of 2,850 feet. A front yard of at least 10 feet is required and must be as deep as an adjacent front yard. Two side yards are required with a combined total width of at least 10 feet and a minimum width of one side yard of 2 feet. One off-street parking space is required for each dwelling unit. This proposed contextual zone will more closely reflect the predominantly detached, one- and two-family houses found in these portions of the rezoning area.
Six areas are proposed to be rezoned to R5 from R6B.
Semi-detached houses on 93rd Street near 37th Avenue where R5 is proposed
- a single mid-block portion on the east side of 90th Street between 35th and 37th avenues that will extend an existing R5 district from the west
- eight partial blocks located south of 37th Avenue between 89th and Warren streets
- five partial blocks located north of 37th Avenue between 91st and 94th streets
- five partial blocks located south of 37th Avenue from 100th to 102nd streets
- four full blocks and 11 partial blocks located south of 34th and 35th avenues between 100th and 112th streets
- four partial blocks located south of 38th Avenue from 108th to 111th streets.
The proposed R5 zoning will reflect the range of housing types typically found in these areas which include semi-detached and attached buildings, but with a lower FAR of 1.25. The proposed R5 has a lower maximum building height of 40 feet and a maximum street wall height of 30 feet. It requires a front yard of either 10 feet or 18 feet. Detached residences require a minimum lot area of 3,800 square feet and a minimum lot width of 40 feet. Other building types require a minimum lot area of 1,700 square feet and a minimum lot width of 18 feet. Detached buildings are required to provide two side yards with a minimum total width of 13 feet are required, and none may be less than 5 feet in width. For semi-detached development one side yard of at least 8 feet in width is required for each building. One parking space is required per dwelling unit, or if group parking is used 85% of the required spaces must be provided.
New contextual R6A residential building on Junction Boulevard near 37th Avenue
The proposed R6A zoning would replace the existing R6 zoning on both sides of Northern Boulevard as an expansion of the existing R6A District on Junction Boulevard extending eastward to 112th Place. An R6A district also would replace R6 zoning on four block portions on the south side of Astoria Boulevard between 108th Street and 112th Place.
The proposed R6A district is a contextual district that allows all housing types, with a maximum FAR of 3.0 for residential and community facility developments. The building’s base height must be between 40 to 60 feet, and then a setback is required before reaching a maximum building height of 70 feet. Front building walls must be set at the street line unless required to align with the walls of an adjacent building. Side yards are not required. One parking space is required for every two dwelling units, but off-street parking can be waived if five or fewer spaces are required.
The proposed R6A zoning would provide opportunities for medium density developments, but it would limit future buildings in these boulevard locations to a maximum base height of 60 feet and a maximum building height of 70 feet. It also would ensure that the scale of community facility uses would be consistent with the scale of residential uses.