Jackson Heights-based property owner Juan Luna has filed new applications for a three-story, two-unit residential building at 40-07 95th Street, in northern Elmhurst. It will measure 4,104 square feet. A medical office will be located in the cellar and 1,169 square feet of retail space will occupy the ground floor. There will be two residential units across the second and third floors. The full-floor residential units should average 716 square feet apiece, indicative of rental apartments. Jorge L. Bosch’s Midtown South-based Bosch Architecture is the architect of record. The 25-foot-wide, 1,368-square-foot property is currently vacant. The site’s two-and-a-half-story predecessor was demolished last month. The Junction Boulevard stop on the 7 train is located around the corner.
Beijing-based Xinyuan Real Estate has acquired the dilapidating RKO Keith’s Theatre, of which the interior is an individual landmark, at 135-35 Northern Boulevard, in downtown Flushing, for $66 million. Xinyuan plans to redevelop the property into a 16-story, 269-unit mixed-use building dubbed Flushing Square, Real Estate Weekly reported. The project will encompass 372,598 square feet and will host retail space on the ground and second floors. Pei Cobb Freed & Partners will be responsible for the design. Although redevelopment plans were first filed as far back as 2003, the new architect will likely file new permits with the Buildings Department. Regarding the landmarked interior, Pei Cobb Freed will also have to seek approval from the Landmarks Preservation Commission if the firm’s vision differs from those previously approved plans. The site was placed on the market earlier this year after the previous owners, JK Equities, acquired it in 2013 for $30 million.
Property owner Spencer Wong, doing business as an anonymous Little Italy-based LLC, is currently transforming the former two-building, 300-key LaGuardia Airport Hotel — located at 100-33 Ditmars Boulevard, in East Elmhurst — into a nine-story, 93-key IBIS Styles Hotel and a seven-story, 148-key Aloft Hotel. Interstate Hotels & Resorts will manage the IBIS, DNAinfo reported. The nine-story IBIS will measure roughly 49,000 square feet while the seven-story Aloft will measure about 89,000 square feet. The latest building permits show that guest amenities at the IBIS will include a breakfast dining area, a luggage room, and storage for four bikes. Filings haven’t yet been filed for the seven-story building getting the Aloft. Peter Poon’s SoHo-based architectural firm is the architect of record. The property was acquired for $20.5 million in February of 2014. Completion is expected in 2017.
The cores of dense cities work best when they mix a variety of functions, such as residential, commercial, or office. This mixing allows for a round-the-clock pedestrian presence, ensuring that the streets do not empty out at any point of the day. The concept is taken literally to the next level when two independent functions are stacked one on top of another within the same building, like roommates sharing a bunk bed. This effectively puts two buildings on the same plot without resorting to narrow towers with small floorplates. Although generally rare, mixed-use skyscrapers have made their mark upon Manhattan, starting with the famed Waldorf-Astoria, which combined hotel rooms at the bottom with apartments on top in 1931. Now, the city’s first major mixed-use tower has risen outside of Manhattan. The 31-story, glass-and-concrete slab at 29-11 Queens Plaza North in Long Island City, has seen construction virtually wrapped up at the time of this writing. Its lower 15 floors house the Marriott Courtyard Long Island City hotel, with the 135-unit residential complex called the Aurora sitting on the floors above.
Elmhurst-based A Realty Group has filed applications for a three-story, two-unit residential building at 73-08 Ditmars Boulevard, on the western end of East Elmhurst. It will measure 3,001 square feet and boast 2,529 square feet of residential square-footage. The ground floor will host a single apartment, followed by the second apartment across the second and third floors. Frank J. Quatela’s Flushing-based architectural firm is the architect of record. The 30-foot-wide, 3,000-square-foot property is currently occupied by a singe-story house. Demolition permits haven’t been filed. The Grand Central Parkway is located a block to the south.