The slew of renderings from the Stephens B. Jacobs Group continues; the firm has released another set of images for a new tower that will soon rise at 29-26 Northern Boulevard, in Long Island City. The Real Deal reported on the site’s acquisition by Simon Baron Development last month, and the lot was bought from the Rabsky Group for $54 million.
YIMBY covered the initial permits last November; the plans were disapproved in January. The DOB documents list the SBJ Group as the architect of record, and per The Real Deal, Simon Baron Development will continue with SBJ’s initial plans.
Per the DOB filings, 29-26 Northern Boulevard will total 382,120 square feet. 13,579 square feet will be dedicated to ground-floor retail, while the remainder will be divided between 415 apartments. The building will stand 45 stories and 473 feet tall, making it one of the most prominent towers in the Court Square vicinity.
SBJ’s website indicates that 29-26 Northern Boulevard — which is a mouthful — has been dubbed ‘QE7’ by the developer, which is apparently a take on the design concept and the building’s location, which is near the Q, E, and 7 trains. Specifically, SBJ describes the project as an “urban vertical cruise ship,” with amenities that will include “a two-story fitness center on the 2nd and 4th floors with lounge, gym, spa, climbing wall, pool, and [an] outdoor 5v5 soccer pitch,” in addition to “a covered outdoor half-court basketball court […] and a rooftop bar and lounge.”
While the laundry list of facilities seems to be comparable to the floating Queen Elizabeth, the location — adjacent to elevated train tracks — is a substantial departure from the high seas. Still, the development will be a positive addition to Court Square, and the vicinity surrounding the Dutch Kills park is seeing a mini-boom in its own right, with several projects rising in the adjacent blocks.
No completion date for 29-26 Northern Boulevard has been announced.
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