Satellite skylines across the water from Manhattan are a curious phenomenon: they appear to stay frozen in time for decades until they hit sudden, and typically large, growth spurts. As Lower Manhattan was still reeling from the tragedy of 9/11, Jersey City sprouted a forest of cranes. East of the Financial District, the current decade has ushered Downtown Brooklyn’s skyscraper renaissance, as its solitary peaks are now morphing into manmade canyons. Yet as 2015 draws to a close, Long Island City is set to command development watchers’ attention, and the region’s perpetual skyline underdog is about to undergo a complete overhaul.
Staten Island-based Blue Star Group has filed applications for three detached multi-family residential buildings at 133-141 Kruser Street, in Staten Island’s south shore neighborhood of New Dorp. Located just five blocks from the Grant City SIRR station, each three-story building will house two units for a total of six apartments. The development will total 8,808 square feet, which means units will average a spacious 1,468 square feet apiece. Richard Moss’s Moss & Sayad Architects is the applicant of record, and an existing single-story house must first be demolished.
Jack Aini, doing business as an anonymous LLC, has filed applications for a four-story, 8,000 square-foot mixed-use commercial building at 2799 Coney Island Avenue, in southern Sheepshead Bay, six blocks from the B and Q trains’ stop at Sheepshead Bay Road. On the cellar level and fourth floor, a relatively large daycare facility will operate and will have access to outdoor rooftop space. Healthcare facilities and offices will be located on the second and third floors, and a lobby and parking garage will take up the ground floor. Robert Palermo’s Corporate Design of America is the architect of record, and an existing three-story building must first be demolished.
Flushing’s Asian and Hispanic immigrant population is booming, and every week brings a new high rise apartment building aiming to fill the demand for middle class housing. Today plans were filed for a 14-story mixed-use development at 41-62 Bowne Street, about six blocks away from the end of the 7 train and the LIRR stop on Main Street.
Astoria-based Spartan Quality Corp. has filed applications for a six-story, 14-unit mixed-use building at 30-12 21st Street, in western Astoria, six blocks west of the 30th Avenue stop on the N and Q trains. The building will measure 12,035 square feet, and will include 975 square feet and 1,078 square feet of retail and community space, respectively, on the ground floor. Beginning on the second floor, apartments will average a rental-sized 713 square feet apiece. New Jersey-based T.F. Cusanelli & Filletti Architects is the applicant of record, and an existing two-story townhouse must first be demolished.