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.
Queens-based property owner Tajuddin Takoor has filed applications for a five-story, 10-unit residential building at 30-18 14th Street, in western Astoria. The structure will measure 9,378 square feet and its residential units should average 773 square feet apiece, indicative of rental apartments. There will be a single apartment on the ground floor, followed by three units each on the second, third and fourth floors. One of the fourth-floor apartments will be a duplex and will also take up the entire fifth floor. Murat Mutlu’s Garment District-based architectural firm is the architect of record. The 39-foot-wide, 3,908-square-foot lot is currently occupied by an attached two-story house. Demolition permits have not been filed. The 30th Avenue stop on the N/Q trains is seven blocks away.
Property owner Jorge P. Cherres has filed applications for a five-story, 10-unit residential building at 23-30 30th Drive, in Astoria. The structure will measure 12,377 square feet and its residential units should average 834 square feet apiece, indicative of rental apartments. Amenities include laundry facilities and “accessory” residential spaces, both located in the cellar. The property owner is also the architect, who heads Middle Village-based J Square Architecture. The 25-foot-wide, 4,206-square-foot lot is currently occupied by a three-story apartment building. Demolition permits have not yet been filed. The Broadway stop on the N/Q trains is located four blocks away.
Kaufman Astoria Studios, located at 34-12 36th Street in southern Astoria, is planning to build a four-story expansion of their production complex at 36-06 34th Avenue, located at the corner of 36th Street and 34th Avenue, three blocks from the Steinway Street stop on the M and R trains. The expansion will include two new stages, one which will measure 15,381 square feet and a second to measure 8,573 square feet, according to Crain’s. It will also include 26,000 square feet of ancillary production space, 45,000 square feet of office space, and an underground parking garage. Construction is expected to begin in the fall, with completion scheduled in 2018. The corner site is currently vacant.