A nine-story, 32-unit mixed-use project has topped out at 41-04 27th Street, in the Queens Plaza section of Long Island City. The structure can be seen in a photo update by The Court Square Blog. Dubbed Queens Boro Tower, the latest buildings permits indicate it encompasses 30,355 square feet. The ground floor and part of the cellar level will be occupied by 4,073 square feet of retail space. On the floors above, the residential units should average 654 square feet apiece, indicative of rental apartments. A fitness center is listed as an amenity, and renderings of the project show many of the apartments will feature balconies. Rego Park-based Great Stone Development is the developer, while Chang Hwa Tan’s Elmhurst-based Tan Architect is the architect of record. Completion can be expected in early 2017. In March, the project was just five stories above street level.
Pennsylvania-based S&A Home Builder has filed applications for a four-story, 76,354-square-foot self-storage facility at 150-30 Liberty Avenue, in Jamaica. It will boast 55,526 square feet of commercial space for storage, three loading docks, and accessory office space. Frank L. Truglio’s Oyster Bay, N.Y.-based NF Architectural Designs is the architect of record. The development assemblage measures 31,132 square feet and consists of a strip of one- and two-story auto repair shops and some vacant lots. Demolition permits have not yet been filed. The site is located five blocks south of the Jamaica Center-Parsons/Architect Station on the E, J, and Z trains.
Property owner Huiqing Hu, doing business as an anonymous Flushing-based LLC, has filed applications for a three-story, seven-unit residential building at 77-06 155th Avenue, in Lindenwood. The structure will measure 6,059 square feet and its residential units should average 866 square feet apiece. Amenities include a nine-car parking garage and a rooftop recreational area. Chuandong Hao’s Bayside-based HCD Architect is the architect of record. The site is currently occupied by a two-and-a-half-story wood-framed house and demolition permits were filed for it in May. The site is located within a sunken section of the neighborhood that remains detached from the street grid and vulnerable to flooding.
The New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission, with the Department of Design and Construction, is planning to rebuild their facility currently located at 24-55 Brooklyn Queens Expressway West, in northern Woodside. The plans call for renovating and expanding the existing single-story facility into a two-story structure, with the inspection garage on the ground floor and offices on the second, DNAinfo reported. The redeveloped building will also feature a parking garage, indoor and outdoor common areas, and green infrastructure. The current facility is in dire need of repairs because part of it was built on unstable ground. TEN Arquitectos is responsible for the design, and the city’s Public Design Commission is required to approve the project. Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in August 2017, with completion in 2019.
The United States Tennis Association’s 125,000-square-foot, 8,125-seat Grandstand Stadium is scheduled to debut for the 2016 US Open. The new stadium is a significant element of the $550 million overhaul of the 46-acre USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens. The seating capacity is 2,125 people more than before. The design comes from Detroit-based ROSSETTI, which is also behind the design of the renovated Arthur Ashe Stadium. As part of the overhaul, Ashe is getting a new, retractable roof. Other additions and upgrades to the include a retractable roof for Louis Armstrong Stadium and a two-tiered observation deck that overlooks the practice courts. Completion of the entire project is expected by 2018 and this year’s tournament runs from August 29 to September 11.