The 79-story tower headed for 23-15 44th Drive in Long Island City will likely become the first supertall building in Queens.
As Harlem’s development boom stretches northward, investors are taking aim at the more densely built-out and better preserved blocks in central Harlem. One longtime owner hopes to redevelop a lot at 152 West 140th Street, on the corner of Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard.
In June of 2015, slight changes to Pier55’s design were revealed as the park project was making its way through the approval process. Now, the Hudson River Park Trust has announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has green-lighted the project, according to Crain’s. The 2.7-acre, 62-foot-tall structure, to be built off the Meatpacking District in the Hudson River, will include grassy hills, recreational event space, and an amphitheater. It will connect to Manhattan via a pedestrian bridge at West 13th Street. The bridge will be funded with federal money, but the park itself is being financed by a non-profit partnership between Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg. The duo have already contributed $113 million, and construction is expected to kick off in early May.
The National Park Service has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Building 109, a long-vacant, one-and-a-half-story, 4,063-square-foot structure in Fort Wadsworth, located on Staten Island just south of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. The proposal seeks to attract a developer that would transform it into commercial space, according to DNAinfo. Potential uses include office space, community facility space for a non-profit, or commercial-retail space. Proposals are due on June 15. It was once used by military personnel. Much of the former military instillation is now federal public park space. The site is a piece of the Gateway National Recreation Area, which is maintained by the National Park Service.
Back in February, YIMBY reported on applications for a four-story, three-unit residential building at 10-27 47th Road, in the Hunters Point section of Long Island City. The site’s two-story predecessor has since been demolished, and schematic drawings have been posted on-site, The Court Square Blog reports. All of the apartments in the 5,000-square-foot project will be duplexes, averaging a spacious 1,667 square feet apiece, indicative of condominiums. The structure, as seen in the drawings, will be topped by a roof terrace. Ascent Development is behind the project, while Hudson Square-based Jorge Mastropieto Atelier is the architect. Excavation has not yet begun, but completion is expected in January of 2017.