The big development news in Long Island City today was a filing for 29-37 41st Avenue, a 70-story, 930-unit residential skyscraper near Court Square. But the rezoning of Long Island City was quite thorough and included development sites of a range of different sizes, paving the way for smaller projects as well as large ones.
One of those smaller projects will likely soon be found a few blocks away from the 41st Avenue tower, at 41-21 23rd Street. There, a nine-story infill project is set to rise, mid-block between Queens Plaza North (beside the Queensborough Bridge) and 41st Avenue.
The building will have 29 apartments spread over 23,000 square feet of residential space, for rental-sized unit average of 800 square feet (four apartments per floor from the second through the sixth, and three per floor on the seven through ninth floors). It will also have a retail store on the ground floor and in the cellar, with 1,500 square feet of net commercial space.
Great Neck-based Amir Haghani is the developer, and Flushing-based Michael Kang is the architect.
The developer bought the property – currently home to a pair of decaying two-story homes, with five apartments between them –just a few months ago for a total of more than $3.2 million, or around $130 per buildable square foot.
The land was rezoned in 2001, one of the first land use changes of the Bloomberg administration, passed by City Council years before the Hunters Point rezoning to the south and the Dutch Kills rezoning to the north.
The new building a few doors down at No. 41-01 gives a hint as to what rents might be – it’s currently listing a studio on the seventh floor for $2,000, and a pair of one-bedrooms on the same floor for $2,875 and $3,000, respectively.
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