Below-grade work is progressing at 25-01 Queens Plaza North, the site of a 26-story residential building in Long Island City, Queens. Designed by Handel Architects and developed by Grubb Properties, which purchased the property for $63 million in 2021, the 311-foot-tall structure will yield 417 units with 124 reserved for affordable housing, as well as 7,600 square feet of ground-floor retail space. 25-01 QPN Consigli Construction is the general contractor and King Contracting Group is responsible for brick and CMU installation at the project, which is located between Crescent and 27th Streets, directly adjacent to the elevated Queensboro Plaza station servicing the 7, N, and W trains.
At the time of our last update in October, demolition had recently concluded on the former two-story occupant of the 54,000-square-foot plot, and the site lay covered in debris. Since then, a team of excavators and piling machines has begun unearthing the lot and preparing for the formation of the reinforced concrete foundations. Excavation should continue through the remainder of spring, and construction could begin to rise above street level around autumn.
The main rendering shows the building rising from a tall podium occupying the full lot. Above the 11th floor, a setback gives way to a narrower rectangular volume that rises to a flat roof parapet. The façade will be composed of charcoal-colored brick surrounding an irregular grid of floor-to-ceiling windows, and the slender side of the upper massing will feature a glass curtain wall and a stack of balconies. Occupants on the western end of the building will have prime views of the East River, the Queensboro Bridge, and the Midtown skyline.
Grub Properties negotiated a 20 percent floor area bonus in exchange for improvements to the subway entrance on the northern side of the Queensboro Plaza station. This work will expand the staircase and create a street-level elevator for ADA accessibility. The MTA is also adding two additional elevators, one that connects to the Queensboro Plaza’s mezzanine level and another that will provide access to the mezzanine and the 7 train platforms directly above. Below is a close-up rendering of these improvements from the City Planning Commission.
25-01 Queens Plaza North is slated to be built in one phase over the course of 42 months from demolition to completion. A finalized completion date has yet to be announced, though YIMBY anticipates this to occur sometime between the end of 2024 and early 2025.
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The charcoal-colored brick made it stand out from a distance, by looking through exterior revealed in a rendering. And the slender side with a stack of balcony, there is an upper disagreement between brick and this slender section. At the end of my comment I got it that set side by side with piling put in progress: Thanks to Michael Young.