RXR Realty recently commissioned an Environmental Assessment Statement in an effort to facilitate the construction of a 21-story mixed-use office tower in Long Island City. Located at 42-11 9th Street within the Long Island City Industrial Business Zone, the proposed development requires two critical zoning changes for construction to break ground.
This includes an amendment to increase the project’s floor area ratio beyond the existing maximum and a City Planning Commission special permit to increase the allowed floor area ratio for specific industrial, manufacturing, and commercial use types.
The proposed building would comprise 397,316 square feet of leasable area. As a mixed-use property, proposed components would include approximately 70,176 square feet of industrial or manufacturing area, 269,431 square feet of office space, 4,167 square feet of ground-floor retail, 52,542 square feet of below-grade parking for 67 vehicles, and five loading berths.
The proposed massing of the structure includes a two-story base, a setback on the third floor, and an additional setback on the tenth floor. In total, the 21-story building will rise 330 feet, or 370 feet to the top of the bulkhead.
The developers have also proposed the construction of public space surrounding the building including benches, new trees and planters, moveable tables and chairs, and outdoor bike parking.
While preliminary renderings do not illustrate a clear view of the outdoor space or the proposed building, the structure’s glass curtain wall is expected to exhibit a high degree of transparency.
In its existing condition, the project site supports two low-rise industrial buildings that are occupied by an elevator machine shop.
The assessment is dated September 11, 2020 and was assembled by Langan Engineering for the New York City Department of City Planning. Pending approvals, construction is expected to last 27 months and will be completed in one single phase. The building is expected to be fully operational by 2022.