Nov. 26, 2018 By Meghan Sackman
HomeGoods is expected to open in College Point in a space that was previously occupied by Staples.
Community Board 7 approved an application put forward by The Mattone Group, the owner of the 134-10 20th Ave. location, that would allow it to lease its 24,000 square foot space to Home Goods.
A special permit is required since current zoning only allows commercial uses like Staples to occupy the location. The property is currently classified under the Use Group: “Stationery Store,” and needs to change to “Furniture Store.”
The Mattone Group is also looking to enlarge the building by adding 10,000 square feet to the second story. Currently, the second story–occupied by Mattone’s corporate offices– is only 6,000 square feet and only covers part of the first floor.
The real estate firm will add parking spaces given the office expansion. Upon completion, the parking area will consist of 468 spaces, an increase in 33 parking spots—including 10 new handicapped spaces. The parking lot is expected to be repaved.
CB7’s approval, by a vote of 34 to 2, follows the board’s Land Use and Zoning committee unanimously approving the application.
The Community Board voted in favor of the change, although subject to the condition that the parking for the office space is in a designated area to the back or side of the HomeGoods store.
The application will need the approval of the City Planning Commission before it goes into effect.
The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.
HomeGoods, which is owned by TJX Companies, is an off-price retailer with more than 500 stores nationwide.