Astoria, Real Estate
Feb 14, 2018

Permits Filed for 7-Story Structure on Church of the Redeemer Site

7 stories is a tall building.

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While perusing the Department of Buildings site recently I came across something jarring—permits filed for a new 7-story building planned for the location of the Church of the Redeemer over on Crescent Street. Further research indicates that the church will remain and the building would go up on the property (also, addresses 30-16 and 30-14 Crescent are being merged) but adjacent to the church. Also, spoiler: the plan was disapproved but we all know that doesn’t mean an end to the project.

The building plan is for a 108,300 square foot, 70-foot tall, non-mixed-use “community facility” with 100 parking spaces. According to the Queens Gazette, the building will have a parish office and lobby on the first floor. Additionally, “Project architect James Wu Chen said there are no plans to demolish the Gothic-style church building that was completed on 1868, or a church tower that was added on to the original building in 1873.” DOB records indicate no application for a demolition has been filed. So that’s a bit of good news.

It sounds like this is going to be a medical facility, which makes sense since it is so close to Mt. Sinai hospital.

There’s no indication when this project will be finished—the first thing they need to do is get their plan approved by the DOB.

We’ll update this post with any additional information we acquire.

About Meg Cotner

Meg Cotner was trained as a harpsichordist and now works as a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of "Food Lovers' Guide to Queens," and is a skilled and avid home cook, baker, and preserver.


Alexis "Hellas Andras!" Tsipras

This is nothing short of tragic. The proposal for tearing down the church and building a medical facility is exactly the kind of obscene and blatant disregard for an historical piece of architectural art that makes me sick. How’s that for a pun? The Gothic-style church deserves instant landmark status and should either remain a Christian faith-based church, or at the very least, be repurposed as a home with clear instructions (and limitations) for renovating projects, along with the proper guidelines for restoration. STOP THE DESTRUCTION NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Carol Lee

When they start building how long do you think the church will last? All the drilling and digging will surely damage the structure of the church. The church should be registered as an historic site before any construction begins. Also the contractor should be responsible for any damage that is done to the church during the work process.


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