The ongoing transformation of Long Island City is astounding. In the decade between 2006 and 2015, more than 8,600 housing units have been completed in the area, with well over 22,000 more on the way. Between 2012 and 2015, prices for prime development sites have jumped by 269 percent. As the neighborhood rapidly transitions from commercial/industrial to high-density residential, the local street grid, characterized by odd angles, must undergo a significant transformation. The city government began to address this need in 2010, when Jackson Avenue, the area’s principal thoroughfare, was upgraded with a green median, while a small triangular park was created at the intersection of 27th Street, Hunter Street, and 43rd Avenue.
Back in June of 2015, renderings were revealed of the eight-story, 15-unit residential building planned at 42-83 Hunter Street, in the Court Square/Queens Plaza section of Long Island City. Now, foundation work is underway on the project, The Court Square Blog reports. The structure will measure 15,948 square feet, and its residential units should average 822 square feet apiece. Amenities listed in the Schedule A include private residential space, bike storage space, a laundry room, and a fitness center. Lions Group NYC is the developer, while Jon K. Yung’s Flushing-based MY Architect is serving as the architect. Completion is expected in the spring of 2017.
Back in late 2014, Woodside-based developer Nakorn Realty acquired, for roughly $5 million, the single-story office property at 69-01 34th Avenue, in western Jackson Heights, located four blocks from the 65th Street stop on the M/R trains. The developer planned to build a residential building with ground-floor commercial space, but now the New York City School Construction Authority (SCA) has filed for a five-story, 65,585-square-foot public school at the site. The school, which will be called P.S. 398-Q, will have a cafeteria on the ground floor, a gymnasium on the fourth floor, and a rooftop playground on the fifth floor. Classrooms and administrative offices will fill the remainder of the building. Robert Purcell’s Midtown South-based Purcell Architects is the architect of record. Demolition permits were filed in January to raze the site’s old office building, which most recently served as a regional office for White Castle.
Downtown Jamaica’s big, mixed-use developments are slowly inching towards reality, but further east along Hillside Avenue, small developments are growing, too. On Friday, plans were filed to expand a two-story office building at 168-30 89th Avenue into four stories of apartments.
Developer Lions Group NYC plans to erect two high-rises on either side of Jackson Avenue. The site of Jackson West at 27-01 Jackson Avenue is cleared and would be ready for excavation as soon as the material currently stored at the lot is moved out of the way. Its sibling, Jackson East across the street at 26-32 Jackson, appears to still be in early proposal stages, with no work underway at the site and no permits filed.