40 THE QUEENS COURIER • QUEENS BUSINESS • NOVEMBER 8, 2018 FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT WWW.QNS.COM
Santander Bank holds grand opening for new Flushing branch
BY EMMA MILLER
Santander Bank held a ribbon-cutting
ceremony for the grand opening of their
new Flushing branch on Monday, Nov. 5.
Th e bank located at 136-11 Roosevelt
Ave. is the company’s 14th branch in
“We’re excited to expand our presence
in Queens by opening our fi rst branch in
Flushing where we can help residents and
business owners in the neighborhood with
College Point condo receives energy-effi cient windows and doors
BY CARLOTTA MOHAMED
A newly constructed waterfront condominium
in College Point is providing
spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline
for its residents.
Allura Waterfront Resort — located
at 109-05 15th Ave. — received newly
installed, energy-effi cient windows and
doors on Oct. 30 from award-winning
national manufacturer Crystal Window
and Door Systems.
The Whitestone-based Crystal
Windows provided 842 high-end windows
and sliding swing terrace doors for
the striking new six-story development
with 134 apartments.
Each one-, two-, and three-bedroom
apartment has fl oor-to-ceiling glass and
metal panel facades on multiple sides of
the building, off ering occupants great
views of the waterfront and LaGuardia
Airport across Flushing Bay.
“Crystal’s high-end architectural window
line is perfect for this type of project,”
said Joe Zhao, Crystal’s project
manager for the Allura condo development.
“Our 8500 series off ers strength,
beauty, weather resistance, sound attenuation
and clean, narrow, contemporary
sightlines, enhancing the architects
design and the building’s location on the
waterfront across from the airport.”
To provide building residents access
to the extensive balconies, over 120
heavy-commercial Crystal series 1280
two-panel aluminum sliding doors —
72 inches wide by 96 inches tall — were
installed. Additional access to balconies
in the larger apartments was provided by
22 of the Crystal Series 1450 aluminum
swing terrace door.
Th e door has a multi-point lock system
and an opening limit bar for added safety
and security, especially important with
a wind-gust prone waterfront exposure.
Most of the Crystal windows, doors
and exposed mullion and anchoring
accessories were fi nished with a durable
simulated anodized silver powder coat
paint. Windows installed in the brick
facades, which the adjoining streets, were
fi nished in bronze color powder coat
Allura Waterfront Resort includes
underground parking and 70 boat slips
when the marina area is completed. A
fi tness center, spa, pool and sundeck add
to the resort atmosphere with a spacious
lobby welcoming residents.
Th e resort also includes a fi rst fl oor
conference room and business center,
which are available for events.
Th e Allura Waterfront Resort has been
nominated for several local area building
awards, in part due to the complexity
and challenge of the project site, which
required extensive pilings and bulwarks
for stability of the site prior to construction
of the foundation and building.
their banking needs,” said Jim Uehlinger,
region president for the bank’s Metro New
York/Northern New Jersey region.
Th e bank features a new modern design
and a 24-hour ATM.
As part of their grand opening,
Santander Bank donated $52,000 to
local nonprofi t organizations. Th e bank
made a three-year, $50,000 commitment
to Renaissance Economic Development
Corporation. Th e economic development
agency will use the money for small business
loans and for an entrepreneurial
Santander gave Chinese American
Planning $1,000 for their Nan Shan
Senior Center. Th e donation will be used
to help educate senior citizens about
housing applications, food stamps, health
Th e Flushing Development Center also
received $1,000 for their holiday tree lighting,
which will take place on Nov. 20 at Kissena
Boulevard and Main Street this year.
“The Renaissance Economic
Development Corporation, Chinese
American Planning and Flushing
Development Center align with our values
of improving the quality of life for
Flushing residents,” Uehlinger said.
Santander Bank is a retail and commercial
bank with over 600 branches and
2,000 ATMs in the United States. Th ey
have about 9,600 employees and over
2 million customers. Santander is primarily
located in Massachusetts, New
Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island,
New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and
Delaware. Santander’s other Queens locations
are in Forest Hills, Richmond Hill,
Bayside, Whitestone, Jackson Heights,
Howard Beach and Long Island City.
Photo courtesy of Crystal Window and Door Systems
The Allura Waterfront Resort in College Point.
Photo courtesy of Santander Bank