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.
A rendering and schematic drawings have been revealed of the eight-story, 16-unit mixed-use building planned at 21-10 44th Drive, in the Court Square section of Long Island City. Excavation work is also underway, according to an update by The Court Square Blog. The latest buildings permits — YIMBY first brought you news of them in March of 2015 — describe a 22,328-square-foot structure. It will have 2,710 square feet of ground-floor retail space, followed by residential units, averaging 1,018 square feet apiece, on the floors above. The apartments will be accommodated by storage for 11 bikes and a “recreational room” in the cellar. Kora Developers is behind the project and Igor Zaslavskiy’s Brooklyn-based Zproekt is the architect of record. Completion is anticipated in the fall of 2018.
Alma Realty is working on two huge projects along the Astoria waterfront, and now they are venturing much farther east in the borough, to the middle-class neighborhood of Kew Gardens Hills, Queens. The Long Island City-based builder has filed plans for a seven-story residential building at 152-26 Union Turnpike, between 152nd and 153rd streets.
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.
Construction is wrapping up on the Aloft Hotel at 27-45 Jackson Avenue, in Long Island City’s Court Square district. According to Starwood Hotels, the 176-room property, officially called the “Aloft Long Island City – Manhattan View,” is set to open on October 27. At that point, the 18-story, 186-foot-tall high-rise should become the tallest all-hotel building in Queens. Though the 31-story slab of the nearby 29-11 Queens Plaza North, which opened its doors just recently, stands a good deal taller, the Marriott Courtyard within occupies only the tower’s lower half, with the residences at Aurora LIC sitting above. By YIMBY’s count, Aloft Hotel’s lofty pinnacle rises higher than that of any other hotel in the borough.