Last week, YIMBY reported on the start of construction work for the high-rise expansion of the pre-war building at 24-16 Queens Plaza South in Long Island City. The project, spearheaded by Greystone Development, would boost the existing five-story structure to 22 floors. Today, we bring you the first renderings, made available via the brand new on-site project board. The design by architecture firm Woods Bagot appears to draw inspiration from Art Moderne, an early modern style that complements its pre-war foundation.
In formerly industrial Long Island City, most new developments start with a blank state. Some projects, such as the Dutch LIC, Factory House, and 42-14 Crescent Street pay homage to the district’s past via design cues. Other developments, such as 29-37 41st Avenue, 23-10 Queens Plaza South and 43-22 Queens Street, incorporate new towers alongside existing pre-war structures. The project at 24-16 Queens Plaza South takes preservation in a slightly different direction. There, Greystone Development reimagines the façade of the five-story, pre-war commercial building as the base for a new residential tower. The 22-story building at the foot of the Queensboro Bridge will be designed by the Midtown-based firm Woods Bagot. The ground level will be anchored by a 3,863-square-foot retail space, with 117 residential units to be stacked above. The existing property sat unused for some time, and construction scaffolds rose around its perimeter earlier this month.
When YIMBY last checked in five months ago, foundation work for the apartment building at 27-17 42nd Road in Long Island City was only starting. Now, concrete is being poured for the tower’s fourth level as it climbs on the way to its eventual 258-foot height. Though it would have dominated the surroundings when it was first proposed in late 2000s, today the building would barely make a dent on the local skyline. However, its vertical, slightly curved bulk, squeezed tightly between its high-rise neighbors, is a positive example of proper density creation within the transit-rich neighborhood. Sitting just one block south of the Queensboro Plaza station, serviced by the N, Q, and 7 trains, the future tenants living within its 184 apartments would be situated just one stop away from Midtown Manhattan.
Property owner Syed S. Hassan has filed applications for a two-story, two-unit mixed-use building at 86-01 Range Street, located on the corner of Hillside Avenue in the Ballaire section of Queens Village. The structure will measure 6,278 square feet. It will host 1,860 square feet of medical offices on the ground floor, followed by two residential units on the second floor. The units should average 930 square feet apiece, indicative of family-sized configurations. There will also be three off-street parking spaces, one of which will be housed in a 280-square-foot garage. Nasir J. Khanzada is the applicant of record. The 50-foot-wide, 5,000-square-foot property is currently occupied by a two-story, single-family house. Demolition permits were filed in last December.
A rendering has been revealed of Tishman Speyer’s planned two-tower, 1.1-million-square-foot office complex at 28-07 Jackson Avenue (a.k.a. 28-10 Queens Plaza South), in the Queens Plaza section of Long Island City. The towers – dubbed One and Three Gotham Center – will stand 27 stories, or 396 feet, in height. As YIMBY reported in June, new building applications indicate a common four-story base will include roughly 30,000 square feet of retail space, restaurants, a food hall, and a parking garage for cars and bikes. The rendering also depicts an outdoor terrace on the fifth floor. 800,000 square feet of office space in the complex has already been pre-leased. One tenant includes WeWork, which is set to take 250,000 square feet. Another is Bloomingdale’s, which has reserved 550,000 square feet of office space, Crain’s reported. Doha-based Qatari Diar is co-developing the project, while Financial District-based MdeAS Architects is designing. Excavation is expected to begin in early 2017, with completion scheduled for 2019. One and Three Gotham Center will join the 22-story, 700,000-square-foot Two Gotham Center located immediately to the north. Tishman Speyer developed that in 2011.