Crews have built up the first level of the reinforced concrete superstructure of 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 mixed-use project will yield 417 rental 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.
Recent photographs show a dense network of metal shoring, wooden concrete formwork, and scaffolding holding up the ceiling, walls, and columns of the first level. We can see workers walking and working across the second level with steel rebar around the inner structural components of the building, and around the perimeter for the continuous set of columns.
Meanwhile, a new and updated rendering for 25-01 Queens Plaza North offers more detail looking at the facade and overall design of the building. We can see the dark brick cladding encompassing the majority of the fenestration, while the scattered set of recessed square and narrow rectangular floor-to-ceiling windows punctuate the brickwork. There are some sections of the outside that will have an all-glass skin, particularly near the southern corner of the lower half of the building’s southern elevation, and on the eastern and western sides of the upper rectangular volume. This will be supplemented with a vertical stack of balconies lined with glass railings facing towards the Queensboro Bridge, the East River, and the Midtown skyline. The top two levels show a wraparound set of open-air voids in the envelope, which could be home to an outdoor rooftop terrace for residents. At the ground floor are large windows for the retail frontage.
25-01 Queens Plaza North is also helping to upgrade the elevated subway entrance to the Queensboro Plaza station, thanks to Grubb Properties successfully gaining a 20 percent floor area bonus in exchange for the expansion of the staircase and the creation of a street-level elevator for ADA accessibility. YIMBY last reported that the MTA is also going to add 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. The below rendering from the City Planning Commission gives a street-level perspective of the new subway entrance with the staircase and elevators tucked within the footprint of 25-01 Queens Plaza North.
It was last reported that 25-01 Queens Plaza North will be built in one phase over the course of 42 months from demolition to completion. Construction is anticipated to be finished sometime between the end of next year or early 2025 at the very latest.