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Flushing Mall to be torn down for parking space when construction of Flushing Commons begins

The Flushing Mall is slated to be demolished next year to clear space for interim parking while the $850 million mixed-use Flushing Commons development is under construction in downtown Flushing.

The closing of the mall, at 133-15 39th Ave., is not a new plan, but because it was not prominently discussed while Flushing Commons was going through the approval process, its eventual shuttering has only recently become part of the public conversation.

Flushing Commons is slated to replace Municipal Lot 1, which is between 37th and 39th avenues between 138th and Union streets, several blocks from the mall site.

TDC Development, which plans to start construction on Flushing Commons next year, owns the 150,000-square-foot mall property and plans to close it, then tear it down shortly after building commences on Flushing Commons in order to provide 647 spots, according to the company’s president, Michael Myer.

“It was always part of the plan,” Meyer said Monday. “This is being done actually in concession to all the demand for parking closer to Union Street merchants.”

— Connor Adams Sheets

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