The story of development at 27-17 42nd Road is a testament to the ongoing rapid change within Long Island City’s landscape. When Star Tower was first proposed in 2008, it would have lived up to its name by shining on the Court Square skyline as its tallest residential building, offering luxury unmatched by any competitor in the area. As foundation work is underway for its successor, the neighborhood is at a point where a 25-story tower becomes infill, obscured by taller neighbors from nearly all directions. The perimeter basement wall appears complete, and work is in progress on interior foundations. The Department of Buildings lists 184 condominium units spread across 221,266 square feet of floor space. Hiwin USA is listed as the owner of the property while Milestone Construction is the contractor. When the 258-foot-tall building opens its doors in 2017, it will barely make a dent on the skyline, yet it will successfully fulfill its urban role as a building that respects its neighbors while maintaining an independent identity.
YIMBY last brought you a construction update on the 12-story, 27-unit mixed-use building at 245 West 14th Street, in southern Chelsea, in October of 2014, when the structure was just about to top out. Now, Tectonic has new photos of the building, dubbed Village Green West, which show that work is practically complete and scaffolding has been removed. The 47,129-square-foot structure features 3,802 square feet of ground-floor retail space, and its condominium units should average a spacious 1,586 square feet apiece. The units will come in one-, two-, three-, and four-bedroom configurations, and there will be four full-floor penthouses. Amenities include a gym and wellness center, a spa, a lounge, private storage space, bicycle storage space, and a rooftop terrace. Alfa Development is behind the project and Kutnicki Bernstein Architects is the design architect. Occupancy is expected imminently.
A year ago, news broke that Jamestown, Belvedere Capital, and Angelo Gordon announced plans to infuse $1 billion to renovate and redevelopment parts of the the 16-building, six-million-square-foot industrial complex, dubbed Industry City, located west of the Gowanus Expressway, in Greenwood. Crain’s now reports the developers are scrapping plans to build a 150,000-square-foot student dormitory at the 32-acre site. The complex’s proposed rezoning still includes the construction of significant retail space and two hotel buildings. Renovation work currently under way includes new windows, elevators, and interiors, and the complex is presently home to manufacturing uses and office space of a variety of sorts. The developers expect to begin the city’s Urban Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) before 2017.
The city has approved plans to renovate and bring up to code the seven-story, 216-unit former Pan Am hotel, which was turned into a homeless shelter back in June of 2014. The building, at 79-00 Queens Boulevard, in Elmhurst, is located five blocks west of the Grand Av – Newtown stop on the M/R trains. DNAinfo reports Samaritan Village, the facility’s operator, will file plans with the city by June for the construction work. Some upgrades include a children’s playground, a day care facility, and a cafeteria. Samaritan will receive roughly $23 million in funding from the city over the next couple years to carry out construction. The city’s Department of Homeless Services will help in the relocation of families during the renovation.
Brooklyn-based property owner Khalid Pervez Heera has field applications for three three-story, multi-family residential buildings at 903-909 Cortelyou Road, in Kensington, located seven blocks west of the Cortelyou Road stop on the Q train. Plans call for a 4,576-square-foot, three-family building at 903 Cortelyou, a 3,744-square-foot, two-unit building at 905 Cortelyou, and, finally, a 4,472-square-foot, three-family building at 909 Cortelyou. Although the residential square-footage varies from building to building, the full-floor apartments should average 1,200 square feet across the entire development, indicative of condominiums. Pirooz Soltanizadeh’s Jamaica-based Royal Engineering is the applicant of record. Demolition permits were filed last July to remove the site’s existing two-story house.