Foundation work has started for yet another new high-rise on the site of the formerly-proposed “Star Tower,” in Long Island City, as reported by The Court Square Blog. YIMBY followed up on the initial report to find that the new building’s filing address has been changed to 27-17 42nd Road.
Per the DOB, the building is expected to rise 25 stories and 258 feet to the roof. The filings only list the building’s entire area of 221,266 square feet (mechanical space included), and 184 residential units will spread across the majority of that space. Retail will also occupy most of the ground floor, according to the Schedule A.
Eastern Star Development is behind the project, having acquired the 13,500 square-foot property in 2014 for $44 million. Before that, the lot was the site of the abandoned Star Tower proposal. Eastern Star appears to be salvaging the permits initially filed for the project, and even a rendering posted on-site (above) resembles the earlier inceptions of Star Tower. The site’s predecessor was a five-story commercial building, demolished in 2007.
Dozens of major new residential developments are now rising in Court Square, ranging from towering rental buildings to smaller condo projects. Immediately to the east, Heatherwood Communities’ 58-story, 477-unit tower is rising at 42-12 28th Street.
As for 27-17 42nd Road, Bayside-based Joseph Sultana, of JLS Designs, is the architect of record, and appears to also be the designer. Per signage, completion is expected by late 2017.