It was in April of 2015 that YIMBY revealed renderings of the 33-story, 270-unit residential building planned at 44-26 Purves Street, in the Court Square section of Long Island City. Last November, construction of the structure was two stories above street level, and now the building is 16 stories up, as seen in photos by Tectonic. Once complete, the new building will encompass 247,934 square feet and its residential units should average 766 square feet apiece. The rental apartments will come in studio, one-, and two-bedroom configurations. A two-story podium will include much of the building’s 26,300 square feet of amenities as well as 2,600 square feet of retail space. The Gotham Organization and Brause Realty are the developers, with FXFOWLE Architects behind the design. Completion can be expected in 2017.
An anonymous Financial District-based LLC has plans to redevelop an assemblage of single-story commercial buildings – located at 34-30 – 34-46 Steinway Street and 34-35 38th Street, in southern Astoria – into a three-story, 120,000-square-foot retail complex. Winick Realty Group is leasing the commercial space from the developer and is currently in negotiations with multiple potential tenants, including food markets, restaurants, and big-box stores,DNAinfo reported. The building will feature four levels of retail space and an underground parking garage. In November, the developer submitted pre-filings for a five-story, 29-unit mixed-use building that would have including retail, community facility space, and residential units. Those plans appear to have been replaced with the latest retail project, although filings have yet to be amended to resemble the current design. Completion of the redevelopment is expected in 2018.
Property owner Tu Kang Yang has filed applications for four six- to seven-unit residential buildings at 90-11 – 90-21 56th Avenue, in southern Elmhurst, located three blocks from the Grand Av-Newtown stop on the M/R. All of the structures will rise four stories and measure 6,200 square feet, and two six-unit buildings will be book-ended by the seven-unit buildings. Across the 26-unit development, there will be 19,600 square feet of residential space, which means units should average a rental-sized 754 square feet apiece. Danny Yan’s Fresh Meadows-based Yan Architect & Planner is the applicant of record. The site currently consists of two two-and-a-half-story wood-framed houses.
Madison Realty Capital has acquired the vacant 29,000-square-foot lot at 69-02 – 69-08 Queens Boulevard, in Elmhurst, for $14.75 million. The purchase is the first of five properties that are currently being assembled for a mixed-use development, according to The Real Deal. Three other properties – the two-story structure at 46-12 70th Street, the single-story warehouse as 69-39 47th Avenue, and the restaurant at 69-20 Queens Boulevard – are currently in contract to be sold by their respective owners. The fifth property is a two-story cultural center at 69-23 47th Avenue. The single property Madison owns can accommodate roughly 145,000 square feet of development, but if successful in acquiring the entire assemblage, the developer could build a nearly 358,000-square-foot project. At that point, Madison plans to take a mixed-use rental project through the city’s Urban Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP).
New York City neighborhoods are shaped by a strange patchwork of zoning designed for ideal properties in convenient locations. But thousands of lots don’t fit into a perfect, rectangular mold. They’re irregularly shaped, up against the railroad tracks, in a flood zone, or cross between two different zoning districts. That last situation is what brought an Astoria developer to the City Planning Commission on Monday. Great Neck-based owner George Elliott hopes to build a five-story apartment building at 30-70 38th Street, between 30th and 31st avenues.