Long Island City’s mixed-use district was originally engineered to create a mix of retail, apartments and light industry, but new construction manufacturing space is rarely developed in the waterfront neighborhood once filled with factories. But today, one developer filed plans for a mixed-use building with apartments and ground-floor manufacturing at 37-29 33rd Street, in a subdistrict known as Dutch Kills.
Saviour Sultana, based in Manhasset, hopes to build a seven-story, 42-unit residential project on an industrial site between 37th and 38th Avenues, near Sunnyside Yards and subway stops for both the N/Q and the M/R trains. The first floor will host 7,700 square feet of manufacturing space, and six stories of apartments will be stacked on top.
Those 42 apartments will be spread across just over 29,000 square feet of residential space, for an average unit sized at 692 square feet. There will be seven units on the second floor, eight on floors three through six and four on the seventh floor.
The building will include far more parking than city rules require, with 32 spaces between the cellar and the first floor. It does seem like lot of parking so close to two train stations, but the developer might intend to rent to a contracting or carpentry business that needs those parking spots. When we called, Sultana told us he didn’t have a tenant lined up for the space. Joseph Sultana of Bayside-based JLS Designs is the architect of record.
The 9,700-square-foot property is currently home to two garages built in the ’40s. The site hit the market asking $4,000,000 (or $2,000,000 per building), and ultimately sold for $2,950,000 in July 2013. The developer expects to demolish the warehouses within a month or two.