Rendering via Vass Stevens
A new food hall is coming to the Astoria–Long Island City border in Queens, the Commercial Observer reported on Tuesday. Developer Vass Stevens Group is in the process of converting a former print shop, dollar store and restaurant supply store at 34-39 31st Street into a retail space with eight 2,000-square-foot storefronts. The interiors of the single-story building have been demolished and renovations, which will add new glass storefronts and doors, are set to begin soon.
34-39 31st Street in Dec 2017 via Google Earth
While no lease agreements have been signed, Vass Stevens said that it is looking for “outer-borough artisanal vendors.” Vendors would include a microbrewery, bakery, coffee roaster, and an Asian concept.
“We want to have authentic Brooklyn, Queens and Bronx establishments, priced right but with a great vibe for the customer to enjoy a meal and sit down,” Stephen Lysohir, the company’s president of commercial leasing, told the Commercial Observer.
Vass Stevens bought the building for $7.5 million in October of last year. The first tenants are expected to move into the space around November, with the remaining vendors opening early next year. Rent will be $50 per square foot on a 10-year lease.
The property sits between the neighborhood’s 36th Avenue and Broadway subway stations, as well close to the Museum of the Moving Image and Kaufman Astoria Studios. And just a few blocks away is Long Island City’s Queensboro Plaza area, which is undergoing a massive residential and commercial transformation.
Including the JACX, two identical towers that will include over 40,000 square feet of retail space on Jackson Avenue. The JACX will have its own food hall and gourmet market. Macy’s has a 550,000 square foot lease and the company WeWork has a 250,000 square foot lease at the site.
[Via Commercial Observer]
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