The East River waterfront is booming with new development from Brooklyn up into Queens, and YIMBY now has a closer look at the first building planned to rise at Hallets Point, in Astoria. The Durst Organization and Lincoln Equities are developing the project, which was approved last year, and Dattner is designing.
The larger master-plan approved by the city calls for “eight residential buildings, retail, a public waterfront esplanade and a site for a potential K-8 school,” and the full build-out will total 2,400 units (with 483 designated as “affordable”).
Building 1 is slated for a tentative 2017 opening, and it will include “two 20-story towers oriented to maximize river views, with a large scale roof top amenity space for residents.”
The two towers emerge out of a large podium, and the design will be fairly attractive, with several shades of red paneling interspersed with glass. Most importantly, the project will activate the streetscape below; besides the inclusion of a supermarket, the renderings also show entrances for what appear to be townhomes, which would mesh seamlessly into the new building’s base.
Beyond the tentatively dubbed “Building 1,” plans for Hallets Point also include a cogeneration plant, as well as a waterfront park and “new retail and plans for additional public transportation connections.”
The neighborhood is currently peripheral, and the land will be put to much better use as housing. The fight to build Hallets Point saw several challenges as plans navigated their way through City Planning, but the masterplan was ultimately approved last year, paving the way for redevelopment to finally begin.