In formerly industrial Long Island City, most new developments start with a blank state. Some projects, such as the Dutch LIC, Factory House, and 42-14 Crescent Street pay homage to the district’s past via design cues. Other developments, such as 29-37 41st Avenue, 23-10 Queens Plaza South and 43-22 Queens Street, incorporate new towers alongside existing pre-war structures. The project at 24-16 Queens Plaza South takes preservation in a slightly different direction. There, Greystone Development reimagines the façade of the five-story, pre-war commercial building as the base for a new residential tower. The 22-story building at the foot of the Queensboro Bridge will be designed by the Midtown-based firm Woods Bagot. The ground level will be anchored by a 3,863-square-foot retail space, with 117 residential units to be stacked above. The existing property sat unused for some time, and construction scaffolds rose around its perimeter earlier this month.
Excavation is complete and foundation work is now underway on a 16-story, 11-unit mixed-use building, technically listed as an expansion of the Park Avenue Christian Church’s five-story rectory. The address is 1010 Park Avenue, between East 84th and 85th streets on the Upper East Side. A photo of the site was posted to Twitter by the church’s neighbor, Regis High School. The project will measure 59,398 square feet and will incorporate some elements of the original rectory’s façade into its facade. The ground floor and two sub-cellar levels will be used by the church, and condominium units, averaging an opulent 5,043 square feet apiece, will take up the floors above. Extell Development Company is the developer and Beyer Blinder Belle is behind the architecture. A construction timeline is not currently known. Since the site sits within the Park Avenue Historic District, the Landmarks Preservation Commission had to approve the project, which happened in January of 2015.
About a year ago, Chelsea-based GPB Capital Holdings entered into contract to acquire the development site at 211-215 Schermerhorn Street, in Downtown Brooklyn. Now, the entity has finally closed on the purchase for $30 million, Commercial Observer reported. The developer plans to build a 14-story, 47-unit mixed-use building at the site, as reported by YIMBY when filings were submitted earlier this year. The latest permits indicate the project will encompass 93,184 square feet. There will be 5,372 square feet of retail space across the ground and cellar levels, followed by residential units above. The units will be condominiums, averaging 1,464 square feet apiece. Morris Adjmi Architects is the architect of record. The 7,556-square-foot assemblage is currently vacant.
An anonymous Flushing-based company has filed applications for a two-story, 8,363-square-foot commercial-retail building at 150-50 Northern Boulevard, located at the corner of Murray Street in Flushing’s Murray Hill section. The structure, which will host a restaurant on both floors, is to rise on a 4,500-square-foot lot currently occupied by a two-story commercial building. Demolition permits were filed for the existing structure in May. Permits indicate the adjacent corner lot and the paring lot to the south are a part of the assemblage. Permits were filed to demolish the single-story corner building, at 150-56 Northern Boulevard, in June, but no new building permits have been submitted for that lot. Suk Hwan Kim’s Flushing-based Design Group in H&K is the architect of record. The site is located four blocks from the neighborhood’s Long Island Rail Road station.
SNL Storage has filed applications for a four-story, 61,951-square-foot storage facility at 163 Sackman Street, located on the corner of East New York Avenue in Brownsville. The facility will contain 33,324 square feet of commercial storage units across four above-grade levels and two bel0w-grade levels. Accessory offices will be located on the ground floor, and two parking spaces and two loading berths will facilitate the transport process. Jack Wilbern’s Virginia-based architecture firm Butz • Wilbern is the architect of record. The 16,667-square-foot corner site is currently vacant. The Broadway Junction stop on the A, C, J, L, and Z trains is six blocks away.