New, glassy residential towers have dramatically reshaped Long Island City and, now, the construction boom is moving north into Astoria. A local developer hopes to demolish a discount furniture store at 28-16 21st Street in Astoria and build a seven-story apartment building.
Steel work is now underway on the ground floor of the five-story, 64-unit mixed-use building being developed at 29-10 Broadway, located between 29th and 30th streets in the heart of Astoria. The update is possible thanks to photos posted to the YIMBY Forums. The latest permits indicate an 87,372-square-foot building is in the works. The ground floor will contain 15,940 square feet of commercial-retail space, followed by residential units on the floors above. The units should average 688 square feet apiece, indicative of rental apartments. Amenities will include bike storage, a 32-car underground garage, laundry facilities, a lounge, a fitness center, and terraces on the fourth, fifth, and rooftop levels. Bronx-based Jestam Realty is the developer and Aufgang Architects is the architect of record. Completion is expected in early 2017.
Property owner Haralabos Kartsagkoulis, doing business as an anonymous Astoria-based corporation, has filed applications for a three-story, two-unit mixed-use building at 32-12 30th Avenue, in the heart of Astoria. The new building will measure 5,586 square feet. The ground floor will host 2,358 square feet of retail space, followed by full-floor residential units on the second and third floors. The apartments should average 1,614 square feet apiece, which suggests condominiums are in the works. Amalia Bournias’s Woodside-based Topos Designs Inc. is the architect of record. The 25-foot-wide, 2,500-square-foot lot is currently occupied by a three-story mixed-use building. Demolition permits haven’t been filed. The site is located two blocks from the 30th Avenue stop on the N/Q trains.
Related Companies is planning to build two new residential buildings, with a combined total of 53 units, along 20th Avenue on the northern edge of the Marine Terrace affordable residential complex, in the Ditmars section of northern Astoria. Marine Terrace is a 444-unit development comprised of seven three-story buildings, DNAinfo reported, which Related acquired for $121 million in June. It’s bound by 21st Street, Shore Boulevard, and 20th and 21st avenues. The 53 new residential units will spread across three- and four-story buildings. All of the units will be rented at below-market rates to veterans, although 20 percent will be specifically geared towards homeless veterans. The new buildings will replace two existing single-story parking garages. In addition, Related will renovate the rest of the 444-unit Marine Terrace complex. It will get an additional 5,400 square feet of community space, and amenities including a fitness center, a computer lab, a lounge, laundry facilities, and a nurse’s office. All but three apartments in Marine Terrace, which range from one- to three-bedrooms, receive Section 8 assistance. Grounbreaking for the new construction components is expected in 2017.
Morris Dweck, doing business as Brooklyn-based DII Enterprises, is planning to renovate and restore parts of the façade on the single-story, 10,000-square-foot commercial-retail building at 36-01 Broadway, located on the corner of 36th Street in Astoria. The project also includes combining the corner property with the single-story retail building at 36-11 Broadway. The corner building is very likely a former Childs Restaurant location, DNAinfo reported, which prompted local historical preservation organizations to urge the property owner to retain the building’s exterior details. The effort was successful and Midtown South-based Marin Architects is designing a renovation that respects existing design elements. The façade will be made mostly of brick and limestone. Completion is expected later this year.