In formerly industrial Long Island City, most new developments start with a blank state. Some projects, such as the Dutch LIC, Factory House, and 42-14 Crescent Street pay homage to the district’s past via design cues. Other developments, such as 29-37 41st Avenue, 23-10 Queens Plaza South and 43-22 Queens Street, incorporate new towers alongside existing pre-war structures. The project at 24-16 Queens Plaza South takes preservation in a slightly different direction. There, Greystone Development reimagines the façade of the five-story, pre-war commercial building as the base for a new residential tower. The 22-story building at the foot of the Queensboro Bridge will be designed by the Midtown-based firm Woods Bagot. The ground level will be anchored by a 3,863-square-foot retail space, with 117 residential units to be stacked above. The existing property sat unused for some time, and construction scaffolds rose around its perimeter earlier this month.
Excavation is complete and foundation work is now underway on a 16-story, 11-unit mixed-use building, technically listed as an expansion of the Park Avenue Christian Church’s five-story rectory. The address is 1010 Park Avenue, between East 84th and 85th streets on the Upper East Side. A photo of the site was posted to Twitter by the church’s neighbor, Regis High School. The project will measure 59,398 square feet and will incorporate some elements of the original rectory’s façade into its facade. The ground floor and two sub-cellar levels will be used by the church, and condominium units, averaging an opulent 5,043 square feet apiece, will take up the floors above. Extell Development Company is the developer and Beyer Blinder Belle is behind the architecture. A construction timeline is not currently known. Since the site sits within the Park Avenue Historic District, the Landmarks Preservation Commission had to approve the project, which happened in January of 2015.
About a year ago, Chelsea-based GPB Capital Holdings entered into contract to acquire the development site at 211-215 Schermerhorn Street, in Downtown Brooklyn. Now, the entity has finally closed on the purchase for $30 million, Commercial Observer reported. The developer plans to build a 14-story, 47-unit mixed-use building at the site, as reported by YIMBY when filings were submitted earlier this year. The latest permits indicate the project will encompass 93,184 square feet. There will be 5,372 square feet of retail space across the ground and cellar levels, followed by residential units above. The units will be condominiums, averaging 1,464 square feet apiece. Morris Adjmi Architects is the architect of record. The 7,556-square-foot assemblage is currently vacant.
Centered just below Central Park’s southern edge, super-slender supertall 111 West 57th Street will probably be iconic before it is even finished. Of course, that won’t be for a couple of years. However, some visible progress is being made at the construction site in Midtown.
Prolific affordable developer Arker Companies has built and rehabbed thousands of apartments in Spring Creek, a far-flung neighborhood in southeastern Brooklyn. Now, they’ve filed applications for two more mid-rise residential buildings in the neighborhood, at 911 Erskine Street and 11629 Seaview Avenue.