The cores of dense cities work best when they mix a variety of functions, such as residential, commercial, or office. This mixing allows for a round-the-clock pedestrian presence, ensuring that the streets do not empty out at any point of the day. The concept is taken literally to the next level when two independent functions are stacked one on top of another within the same building, like roommates sharing a bunk bed. This effectively puts two buildings on the same plot without resorting to narrow towers with small floorplates. Although generally rare, mixed-use skyscrapers have made their mark upon Manhattan, starting with the famed Waldorf-Astoria, which combined hotel rooms at the bottom with apartments on top in 1931. Now, the city’s first major mixed-use tower has risen outside of Manhattan. The 31-story, glass-and-concrete slab at 29-11 Queens Plaza North in Long Island City, has seen construction virtually wrapped up at the time of this writing. Its lower 15 floors house the Marriott Courtyard Long Island City hotel, with the 135-unit residential complex called the Aurora sitting on the floors above.
Elmhurst-based A Realty Group has filed applications for a three-story, two-unit residential building at 73-08 Ditmars Boulevard, on the western end of East Elmhurst. It will measure 3,001 square feet and boast 2,529 square feet of residential square-footage. The ground floor will host a single apartment, followed by the second apartment across the second and third floors. Frank J. Quatela’s Flushing-based architectural firm is the architect of record. The 30-foot-wide, 3,000-square-foot property is currently occupied by a singe-story house. Demolition permits haven’t been filed. The Grand Central Parkway is located a block to the south.
Queens-based property owner Jacob Ashkenazie has filed applications for a four-story, 17-unit residential building at 86-57 Midland Parkway, in Jamaica Estates. It will measure 18,189 square feet and its residential units should average 881 square feet apiece. That means either rental apartments or condominiums could be in the works. Gino O. Longo’s College Point-based architectural firm is the architect of record. The 67-foot-wide, 11,999-square-foot property is currently occupied by a two-story, single-family house. Demolition permits were filed in April. The site is located three blocks from the Jamaica-179th Street stop on the F train.
The Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, located at 856 Pacific Street in Prospect Heights, has filed applications for a four-story, 47,722-square-foot office building directly to its east, DNAinfo reported. The new building will contain 23,021 square feet of community facility space and will likely be occupied by the Diocese of Brooklyn. The ground floor will contain a lobby, a parking garage, a screening room, followed by office space on the second through fourth floors. An outdoor terrace will be located on the ground floor. Midtown South-based PBDW Architects is the architect of record. The site is vacant, with exception of a three-story, 8,133-square-foot rectory building. Demolition permits were recently filed.
Foundation work is now complete for the 33-story, 271-key Marriott hotel under construction at 151 Maiden Lane, located on the corner of Front Street in the Financial District. The above photo is courtesy of the hotel’s developer, Pizzarotti-IBC. The latest building permits indicate it will encompass 139,891 square feet and stand 341 feet in height. Guest amenities will include a market on the ground floor associated with the hotel, storage for 11 bikes, a lounge, a fitness center, and a terrace on the sixth floor. The hotel rooms will be located on the third, fourth, and sixth through 30th floors. SoHo-based Peter Poon Architects is behind the design. Completion is expected in 2017. YIMBY previously revealed renderings of the project roughly a year ago.