In October of 2015, YIMBY revealed a rendering of the nine-story, 32-unit mixed-use building underway at 41-04 27th Street, in the Queens Plaza section of Long Island City. At the time, foundation work was underway, but now the structure is five stories above street level and rising, according to The Court Square Blog. The new building, dubbed Queens Boro Tower, will encompass 30,355 square feet and will feature 4,073 square feet of ground-floor retail space. Its residential units should average 654 square feet apiece, indicative of rental apartments. The Schedule A lists a fitness center in the cellar as an amenity. Rego Park-based Great Stone Development is behind the project and Chang Hwa Tan’s Queens-based Tan Architect is designing. Completion can probably be expected by 2017.
Property owners Byung Woo Lim and Ouk Ja Lim, doing business as an anonymous Long Island-based LLC, have been filing applications since June of 2014 for a three-story, 17,167-square-foot multi-use community facility at 153-03 41st Avenue (a.k.a. 40-23 – 40-27 Murray Street), in Queens’s Murray Hill. According to the latest filing, the new building will include a doctor’s office on part of the ground floor and a daycare on the rest of the ground floor and the entire second and third floors. The cellar will feature a 10-car parking garage. The 75-foot-wide property is currently occupied by two two-and-a-half-story buildings and is located three blocks from the neighborhood’s Long Island Rail Road station. Suk Hwan Kim’s Flushing-based Design Group In H&K is the architect of record.
A huge vacant lot in the heart of Arverne, in the Rockaways, is about sprout a seven-story apartment building. Benjamin Companies and Beechwood Organization have filed plans for an 88-unit building at 6804 Tides Road, a newly created street off Rockaway Beach Boulevard between Beach 68th and 69th Streets.
In February, Related Companies and GreenOak Real Estate purchased the seven-story, 168,000-square-foot industrial building at 21-09 Borden Avenue, in southern Long Island City, for $62.5 million. The Real Deal now reports the developers have secured a total of $60.8 million in loans, some of which will be used to convert the property into an office building. The two developers also purchased the Paragon Building – a six-story, 108,000-square-foot former industrial building at 21-00 49th Avenue, in southern Long Island City – for roughly $47.5 million. The property is located two blocks to the north and is also expected to be converted into office space. An architect and targeted completion dates have not been disclosed.
A Hindu temple in Hollis, Queens hopes to expand further east to serve the thriving South Asian community in Floral Park, a neighborhood right next to the Long Island border. YIMBY has a look at the plans for their new temple, which is set to rise at 264-12 Hillside Avenue.