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Projects & Proposals > Queens > St. Albans / Hollis Printer Friendly Version
St. Albans / Hollis Rezoning - Approved!
Overview | Existing Zoning & Context | Proposed Zoning | Public Review

  Update October 29, 2007:
On October 29, 2007 the City Council adopted the St. Albans / Hollis zoning map changes with modifications (PDF Document View map of zoning modifications). The zoning changes are now in effect.

St. Albans / Hollis Rezoning Area
St. Albans / Hollis Rezoning Area
The Department of City Planning proposes to amend the Zoning Map on all or portions of  317 blocks in the southeastern Queens neighborhoods of St. Albans and Hollis, Community District 12, Queens, from existing R2, R3-2, R4 and R6B districts, to lower-density or contextual zones.  The rezoning area is generally bounded by Merrick Boulevard to the west and south, Springfield Boulevard and Francis Lewis Boulevard to the east, 99th Avenue, Farmers Boulevard and Brinkerhoff Avenue to the north.  The rezoning area is southeast of Downtown Jamaica and is adjacent to Laurelton, Queens Village and Cambria Heights to the west.

The proposed rezoning, which includes changes to existing commercial overlays, aims to preserve the area's predominant lower-density character and ensure that future residential development is consistent with its surrounding neighborhood.  Additionally, the proposed rezoning would establish moderate density residential districts along portions of Hollis Avenue, Farmers Boulevard, Linden Boulevard and Merrick Boulevard and reduces the depths of commercial overlays to prevent encroachment of commercial uses onto residential blocks.

The neighborhoods of St. Albans and Hollis are located in south eastern Queens, between Downtown Jamaica and Cambria Heights.  Residential development began in this area near the turn of the 20th century, and post-World War I housing boom established this area as a low density middle-income area. The nearby Roy Wilkins Park is the largest regional park and recreation center in southern Queens. The adjacent St. Albans Veterans Administration Hospital is a significant institution in the neighborhood. The Long Island Railroad Hollis station is located on Linden Boulevard near Farmers Boulevard.

In response to community concerns that recent development has been inconsistent with neighborhood scale and character, the proposed rezoning was undertaken in close consultation with elected representatives and Community Board 12.

Mixed residential and commercial building on Hollis Ave at 200th Street
Mixed residential and commercial building on Hollis Ave at 200th Street
Low density detached housing on 195th Street at 100th Avenue
Low density detached housing on 195th Street at 100th Avenue

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