Flushing Town Center is a 1.3-million square foot mixed-use development proposed for the heart of Queens, New York. Situated on a 5-acre superblock occupied by a municipal parking lot, the proposed design is a response to the City’s request for a signature development that would reflect the vibrancy and diversity of the surrounding community and serve as a catalyst for economic renewal. The project contains both luxury and affordable residential housing; “box” retail; commercial office; a 200-room hotel and over 1,800 parking spaces, in total over 1.3 million square feet.

The centerpiece of the development is a one-acre urban open space that serves as a community Town Square and a multi-level Winter Garden that unites the mix of residential, commercial and not-for-profit uses beneath an undulating canopy of glass and steel. Shops, cafés and restaurants bordering this space will spill over into this public gathering place. The residential apartments–a mix of luxury condominium and affordable housing–have been situated above a four-story (three above grade), 358,000-square foot retail hub designed with multiple street level entrances and windows displaying the products of prestige retail tenants. The apartments (311 luxury condominium and 324 rental units) range from studios to three-bedrooms and all feature state-of-the-art amenities and services including open-island granite kitchens, stainless steel appliances, large closets and dressing areas; a 24-hour concierge, fitness center and security.

Along the southern boundary of the site, a 12-story commercial office building and a 200-room Sheraton Four Points Hotel have been proposed. Within the office/hotel building are meeting, exhibit and conference facilities, banquet rooms and 23,000 square feet of cultural facilities donated by the developer to the community.  Flushing Town Center has been designed as a model of sustainable architecture employing both active and passive technologies to extend the life and performance of this complex towards achieving LEED certification.