In January, YIMBY told you about plans to fill a partially occupied lot near Little Neck Bay in Queens. At that time, the design of the proposed single-family house didn’t meet with the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s approval. On Tuesday, however, a revised design convinced the commissioners to vote in favor of the construction, but even that came with conditions.
The lot is at 320 Kenmore Road, on the south side of the street between Douglas Road and the point where East Drive splits off from West Drive/235th Street. It already has a two story garage-turned-apartment structure on it. The LPC gained jurisdiction over the area in 1997, with the designation of the Douglaston Historic District.
The massing of the proposed new house was found to be appropriate, but not its previous design, which played neither to the house to the right, nor to the existing garage building. So, Victor Filletti of the Astoria, Queens and Haworth, N.J.-based architecture firm T.F. Cusanelli & Filletti Architects reworked it.
The massing is generally the same, but it has lost the brick “suburban subdivision” quality Commissioner Michael Devonshire described in January. Now, the primary material is stucco. It was proposed to have a wood fiber polymer trim and an asphalt shingle roof.
Although the “different approach” taken this time, as LPC Chair Meenakshi Srinivasan put it, was appreciated, those last two materials were not met with open arms by the commissioners. “What’s wrong with wood-wood?” asked Commissioner Frederick Bland. Commissionr Adi Shamir-Baron, for her part, wasn’t happy with the proposed roof materials.
In the commissioners’ approval, they mandated actual wood trim and that the applicant work with LPC staff on the materials for the roof.
Like in January’s proposal, the first floor of the new house will have a foyer, living room, family room, kitchen, pantry, breakfast area, dining room, and half bathroom on the first floor. The second floor will have a master bedroom and bathroom suite, two more bedrooms, and another full bathroom. The existing structure will be returned to use as a garage with an attic.