A string of mid-rise developments is transforming a long-neglected stretch of Queens Boulevard at the border of Elmhurst, Woodside, and Maspeth. One of the dozen-odd projects rising there is the apartment building at 70-09 45th Avenue, where excavation is currently underway. The seven-story structure will stand on a roughly 7,850-square-foot, mid-block lot, facing the irregular intersection where 45th Avenue meets Queens Boulevard at an acute angle. Permits place the height of the future building at 73 feet. Its 30 residences will be spread across 24,299 square feet, giving an average of 810 square feet per unit. The ground floor will feature 5,12 square feet of retail. The project is being developed by Choi Yui Chan, designed by Angelo Ng & Anthony Ng of Architects Studio PC, and built by First Class Management Contracting Corp.
S.W. Management has acquired, for $61.5 million, the 15-story, 121-unit residential building at 134 West 58th Street, in Midtown, Commercial Observer reported. The developer purchased the property from Extell Development, who previously filed applications at the site for a new 18-story, 41-unit residential building, as YIMBY reported late last year. It’s not known if the new owner will follow through with those plans. Building permits were granted in April to develop a 60,324-square-foot project. The residential units would have averaged 1,283 square feet apiece and amenities would have included storage for 21 bikes, private residential storage, a ‘recreation room” on the ground floor, and a rooftop recreational area. Issac & Stern Architects was the architect of record. Demolition permits haven’t been filed for the existing apartment building.
Property owner Philipp Haemmerle, doing business as an anonymous Financial District-based LLC, has filed applications for a six-story, five-unit mixed-use building at 888 Lorimer Street, in southern Greenpoint. The project will measure 12,488 square feet. It will contain 776 square feet of retail space on the ground floor, followed by full-floor residential units above. The top floor unit will feature space on an upper mezzanine level, as well as a roof deck. Across the building, the units should average 1,541 square feet apiece, indicative of condominiums. The ground floor will also contain space for a single automobile. Sanford M. Berger’s Great Neck, N.Y.-based S.M. Berger Architecture is the architect of record. The 25-foot-wide, 3,900-square-foot property is currently vacant. The Nassau Avenue stop on the G train is around the corner.
Yeshiva Lev Torah, a K-8 school, has filed applications for a five-story, 39,830-square-foot facility at 30 Village Road North, in the heart of Gravesend. The new 75-foot-tall structure will contain a lobby, administrative offices, and classrooms on the ground floor, a cafeteria in the cellar, classrooms and a teachers’ lounge on the second floor, classrooms on the third and fourth floors, followed by a gymnasium, a library, and a Midrash (probably a Beit Midrash, or study hall) on the fifth floor. Thomas Scibilia’s Brooklyn-based NA Design Studio is the architect of record. The Yeshiva is seeking a variance for bulk from the Board of Standards and Appeals, according to the applications. The 62-foot-wide, 11,075-square-foot assemblage consists of two two-story houses. Demolition permits haven’t been yet filed. The Avenue U stop on the F train is located around the corner.
Construction is now a single story above street level at the site of a planned 54-story 790-unit tower at 43-22 Queens Street, in the Queens Plaza/Court Square section of Long Island City. The progress can be seen in an update by The Court Square Blog. The 580-foot-tall building will encompass 712,747 square feet. Its residential units, rental apartments, should average 763 square feet apiece. Amenities in the building are listed in YIMBY’s previous update in June, when foundation work was underway for the tower portion. Work is also underway on the six-story portions of the former Eagle Electric Manufacturing building, which will be converted into residential apartments and incorporated into the tower. Rockrose Development is the developer and SLCE Architects is behind the design. Completion is expected in late 2017.