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.
Ozone Park, a sprawling neighborhood in southern Queens, remains a working-class immigrant stronghold. Longtime Italian homeowners mingle with a fast-growing South Asian and Latino community, and many of the neighborhood’s new arrivals come from India, Bangladesh, Colombia, and Ecuador.
A Whole Foods Market will take up 44,000-square feet across the ground and second floors of 1 Wall Street, in the Financial District, Commercial Observer reported. The 50-story, 654-foot-tall office building – part of which is an individual landmark – is currently being converted into 155,000 square feet of commercial-retail space and 524 residential units. YIMBY reported on the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s approval of the planned alterations back in January and April. A rendering of the new store reveals that the Whole Foods will be located in the annex portion of 1 Wall Street. The annex portion is also being expanded at the top. Macklowe Properties is the developer. Robert A.M. Stern Architects and SLCE Architects are behind the architecture. The retailer is expected to open its doors in late 2018.