The mid-rise interior of Long Island City’s skyscraper district at Queens Plaza/Court Square is about to get another addition in the form of a six-story, eight-unit building at 42-43 27th Street. The builder, New York Fast General Construction, lives up to their name as construction is moving at a rapid pace. When we last checked in at the beginning of March, excavation was only starting. Now, a month and a half later, more than half of the foundation walls in the basement are complete, with metal rebar ready for assembly of the ground floor.
In June of 2015, slight changes to Pier55’s design were revealed as the park project was making its way through the approval process. Now, the Hudson River Park Trust has announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has green-lighted the project, according to Crain’s. The 2.7-acre, 62-foot-tall structure, to be built off the Meatpacking District in the Hudson River, will include grassy hills, recreational event space, and an amphitheater. It will connect to Manhattan via a pedestrian bridge at West 13th Street. The bridge will be funded with federal money, but the park itself is being financed by a non-profit partnership between Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg. The duo have already contributed $113 million, and construction is expected to kick off in early May.
The National Park Service has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Building 109, a long-vacant, one-and-a-half-story, 4,063-square-foot structure in Fort Wadsworth, located on Staten Island just south of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. The proposal seeks to attract a developer that would transform it into commercial space, according to DNAinfo. Potential uses include office space, community facility space for a non-profit, or commercial-retail space. Proposals are due on June 15. It was once used by military personnel. Much of the former military instillation is now federal public park space. The site is a piece of the Gateway National Recreation Area, which is maintained by the National Park Service.
Back in February, YIMBY reported on applications for a four-story, three-unit residential building at 10-27 47th Road, in the Hunters Point section of Long Island City. The site’s two-story predecessor has since been demolished, and schematic drawings have been posted on-site, The Court Square Blog reports. All of the apartments in the 5,000-square-foot project will be duplexes, averaging a spacious 1,667 square feet apiece, indicative of condominiums. The structure, as seen in the drawings, will be topped by a roof terrace. Ascent Development is behind the project, while Hudson Square-based Jorge Mastropieto Atelier is the architect. Excavation has not yet begun, but completion is expected in January of 2017.
Brooklyn-based Hengchang Property has filed applications for a four-story, eight-unit residential building at 670 47th Street, in Sunset Park, located five blocks from the 45th Street stop on the R train. The structure will measure 9,075 square feet, and its residential units should average 890 square feet apiece. That means either rental apartments or condominiums. Shi Ming Tam’s Borough Park-based SM Tan Architect is the architect of record. The 45-foot-wide site is currently partially occupied by a two-story brick rowhome, and was subdivided into two tax lots in January to accommodate the new building.