A hospitality haven is rapidly rising at the northern fringe of Long Island City, in an area that overlaps into Dutch Kills to the east and Ravenswood to the west. Despite its convenient location just minutes away from Midtown via subway, the neighborhood north of Queens Plaza was largely ignored by the city and developers for most of the 20th century. During that time, local street character ranged from quiet residential enclaves to fenced-off commercial and industrial facilities to seedy, crime-ridden nooks that the casual visitor best stay away from. Since Long Island City has become one of the city’s hottest neighborhoods, a dozen hotels sprung up within its northern portion, with several more currently in progress. Upon completion, the 10-story one at 29-12 40th Avenue, which will be run by a yet-to-be-announced operator, would bring 75 rooms to the booming neighborhood.
Property owner Syed S. Hassan has filed applications for a two-story, two-unit mixed-use building at 86-01 Range Street, located on the corner of Hillside Avenue in the Ballaire section of Queens Village. The structure will measure 6,278 square feet. It will host 1,860 square feet of medical offices on the ground floor, followed by two residential units on the second floor. The units should average 930 square feet apiece, indicative of family-sized configurations. There will also be three off-street parking spaces, one of which will be housed in a 280-square-foot garage. Nasir J. Khanzada is the applicant of record. The 50-foot-wide, 5,000-square-foot property is currently occupied by a two-story, single-family house. Demolition permits were filed in last December.
South Richmond Hill-based property owner Peter Pavlou has filed applications for two two-story, two-family houses at 149-45 – 149-47 17th Road, in Whitestone. They will each measure 3,101 square feet. Across both, the full-floor residential units should average 899 square feet. There will also be a total of four off-street parking spaces, two of which will be housed in 308-square-foot garages. Whitestone-based Platonic Solids Architecture is the architect of record. The 60-foot-wide, 6,000-square-foot site’s former two-story predecessor, a single-family home, was demolished in June. The property was subdivided into two tax lots in May.
Since being two stories up in January, the 10-story, 79-unit residential project under development at 41-29 24th Street, in the Queens Plaza section of Long Island City, has topped out. A picture of the construction site…
Property owner Bushwack Capital is currently redeveloping the two-story, 16,600-square-foot former industrial building at 599 Johnson Avenue, in western Bushwick, into a 26,000-square-foot mixed-use commercial property. The Williamsburg-based club Glasslands Gallery is expected to lease a roughly 24,000-square-foot venue, dubbed Elsewhere, for events on the ground floor, Commercial Observer reported. Another 2,300-square-foot space on the ground floor is intended for a restaurant, and 2,250 square feet on the second floor will be utilized as commercial-office space geared towards the arts. Chelsea-based Kossar + Garry Architects is the architect of record and Greco Construction Development is the general contractor. Completion is expected this fall. Bushwack acquired the property for $4.45 million in February of 2015, and a few months after, YIMBY reported on applications for the conversion project.