Developer Chris Xu is working on huge, mixed-use projects in Flushing, Elmhurst and Jamaica, and now he’s filed plans for a 79-story residential tower at 23-15 44th Drive in Long Island City.
Dubbed Court Square City View Tower, the 963-foot-tall building would be one of the tallest in the neighborhood, where dozens of glassy high rises pop up every few months. It will be 300 feet taller than CitiGroup’s iconic One Court Square, which sits just across the street and tops out at 658 feet and 50 stories. New building applications filed Saturday reveal that the project will have 774 apartments across 759,412 square feet of residential space.
The ground floor will host 19,721 square feet of retail, followed by a garage on the second floor and only one apartment plus amenity spaces on teh third floor. The next three stories will have smaller apartments, ranging from 24 to 32 units per floor. The number of units dwindles as floors increase, dropping to 11 units on each of the next 30 stories and wrapping up with just three penthouse apartments apiece on 76th through 78th floors.
The finished development will include 225 parking spots spread between the cellars and the second floor.
Goldstein, Hill & West Architects applied for the permits.
Chris Xu used to run C&G Empire Realty with his brother George Xu, but the siblings recently went their separate ways. George runs Century Development Group, and Chris heads United Construction and Development.
Chris bought the huge site from Citigroup for $143 million last July. The 79,000-square-foot assemblage stretches across nine parcels and encompasses vacant lots, a small apartment building, and warehouses.
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