Rockrose’s Linc LIC is now complete, and the tower adds significantly to the Court Square skyline. At 42 stories, and with 709 units, the Linc is the largest residential development in the neighborhood – at least, for now. Its address is 43-10 Crescent Street, and the project’s architect is Malhotra.
The Linc’s appearance has turned out better than banal, especially for a large, mass-market development. It encounters some awkwardness as the tower rises out of the base, but luckily there is a base, which should help revitalize its block. The most important aspect of the Linc is not its vertical profile, but the promise of new pedestrians, who will occupy the currently vacant streets of Court Square; the Linc is a major and crucial step in the neighborhood’s revitalization, and it will become a major contributor of human vitality that is currently lacking. In addition to new apartments, a Food Cellar supermarket will anchor the ground-floor retail space.
Court Square has been blighted by abandonment issues, as well as the office buildings that have come to populate the area. The most egregious of these developments is Court Square Place, which sits adjacent to the Linc, and has an extremely offensive blank wall that will apparently stand for time eternal. While new development is crucial to the neighborhood’s transformation, remediating existing visual issues would help to create a human aesthetic that is currently lacking.
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