A rendering has appeared at 40-36 24th Street, future home of the Queens Buddhist Center.
A four-story building is beginning to rise that will have 14,967 square feet of commercial space at an FAR of 1.99.1 The permits were approved on Nov. 21, 2o19 and it is projected to finish in spring 2021. The plan is in excavation stage, as seen in the photo below.
We last checked on the site when scaffolding had been installed and demolition was under way for a three-story structure that had previously stood on the lot.2
Plans were filed with the DOB in August 2018 from a business with the name “Queens Buddhist Center” by an individual associated with Soka Gakkai International-USA (SGI-USA).Here’s more about SGI from its website:
Soka Gakkai International-USA (SGI-USA) is the most diverse Buddhist community in the United States with more than 500 chapters and some 100 centers throughout the country. SGI-USA is part of the larger SGI network, which comprises more than 12 million people in 192 countries and territories around the world. SGI members base their practice on the Lotus Sutra and Nichiren Buddhism, which teaches that each person has within the courage, wisdom and compassion to face and surmount any of life’s challenges. Based on core Buddhist principles such as respecting the dignity of human life and the interconnectedness of self and the environment, SGI engages in various peace activities, including human rights education, the movement to abolish nuclear weapons and efforts to promote sustainable development.