Permits Filed: 27-Story Tower Coming to 27-19 44th Drive, Long Island City

27-19 44th Drive27-19 44th Drive, blue dot highlighting old warehouse, via Bing Maps

The first permits are up for yet another Court Square tower, this one coming to 27-19 44th Drive. Coincidentally, permits were filed for a 26-story tower right next door yesterday, and the buildings will actually be the same height, with both standing 282 feet tall.

27-19 44th Drive’s floor count will be one greater than its neighbor — and consequently, ceilings will be slightly lower — but the scope of the project is slightly larger, coming in at 124,529 square feet. A 2,124 square foot commercial component will enliven the street, while the remaining space will be divided amongst 165 apartments, translating into an average unit size of approximately 750 square feet.

27-19 44th Drive

27-19 44th Drive, via Google Maps

Handel is the architect of record, while Twining Properties is the developer. Both 27-19 44th Drive and its neighbor at 27-21 will help revitalize a block long dominated by dingy warehouses; combined, the properties will add 280 apartments. The new pedestrian traffic will be beneficial to Court Square as it transitions into a prime residential neighborhood, and while ground evidence of the shift is somewhat tenuous, it will become very obvious over the next five years.

Nearby projects include 43-25 Hunter Street and 43-22 Queens Street, both of which Rockrose is developing. Those towers will rise over 50 floors, speaking to the sheer scale of the current Court Square boom, which will relegate buildings shorter than 40 stories to relative filler.

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