Alphapointe Buys Warehouse, Relocates to Queens

The non-profit organization purchased a 138,000-square-foot brick warehouse in the borough’s Richmond Hill neighborhood. The property will serve as its administrative offices, manufacturing and distribution facility, and call center.

87-46 123rd St., New York City
87-46 123rd St., New York City

Alphapointe, New York City’s largest employer of blind or visually impaired people, has acquired a 138,000-square-foot warehouse in Queens. The property is located at 87-46 123rd St., in the borough’s Richmond Hill neighborhood. It will serve as the organization’s headquarters and manufacturing facility, contract sewing department, inbound call center and a warehouse, housing more than 200 employees. The non-profit will relocate from 3611 14th Ave., in Brooklyn’s Borough Park, where it occupies 100,000 square feet of office, factory and warehouse space. The move is expected to take place in stages, and be completed in September 2018.

The seller was long-term owner Comprehensive Archives, which purchased the building in 1994. The asset used to serve as its records storage facility.

Multi-use model

The new owner plans to renovate the building so it would meet its navigation, information gathering and accessibility needs. Additionally, the asset will feature a modern design and a sensory garden for both employees and guests. Other amenities include a 5,000-square-foot parking area and 20-foot ceiling heights.

Our goal has always been to find a sustainable, permanent home in New York so we would not have to spend our funds on ever-increasing rent,” Alphapointe CEO Reinhard Mabry said in prepared remarks. “But we had to wait until we could find a space that is accessible and a good place to work for our employees while also allowing us to grow. This new location will allow us to create a thriving, contemporary workplace that will benefit people who are blind and visually impaired long into the future.

The property is situated near retailers, eateries and health clubs. It is also serviced by a variety of public transportation including the Jamaica train station, 121 St. subway station and multiple bus stations.

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