The official groundbreaking ceremony for TF Cornerstone‘s two-towered Hunters Point South project in Long Island City will be held today. In addition to over 1,000 new apartments, the site will give rise to what will temporarily become the tallest skyscraper on Queens’ East River waterfront. Fresh renderings have also been released, revealing additional exterior details of the buildings as well as the landscaped greenery and waterfront esplanade. The buildings’ addresses are 52-03 and 52-41 Center Boulevard.
YIMBY previously reported on the permit filings for the two towers back in 2017 and 2018. The shorter building will rise 46 floors and yield over 400,000 square feet of space, with 394 apartments to be located atop a small ground-floor retail component.
The larger tower will stand 587 feet to its rooftop with a total scope just shy of 800,000 square feet. There will be 800 apartments located within its 56 floors, as well as a 600-seat elementary school. The combined high-rises will yield 1,197 apartments, and 800 of those units will be affordable housing.
While the burgeoning plans for the site are certainly impressive, additional redevelopment in the vicinity has been temporarily stifled thanks to local opposition to Amazon’s HQ2, which would have resulted in several new towers rising on adjacent lots to the north of 52-10 Center Boulevard. For the time being, plans for land that what would have become Amazon’s HQ2 have seemingly returned to the drawing board.
A completion date for the two towers has not been formally announced yet, but with work now underway, a 2021-2022 estimate would not be unreasonable.