Friday, February 13, 2015

Tower Construction Ready to Surge in LIC’s Court Square

The Court Square building boom rolls on and shows no signs of abating, as the number of large-scale residential projects about to get underway this year, continues to grow. In addition to work on the 57- story tower at  42-12 28th Street -- which at 635 feet, will become Queens’ Tallest Residential Building -- at least six more large high-rise developments are scheduled to break ground along the Jackson Avenue corridor during the coming months.

1.  43-25 Hunter Street  - 50 stories

Foundation work has been completed for the 509-foot residential building which is set to rise at just off Court Square. The project, designed by SLCE Architects, will be 970,000 square feet, with 19,400 square feet of ground floor retail.

The development is slated to house 974 apartments, 20 percent of which are set aside as affordable. The property will also include basketball courts, a yoga studio as well as a roof deck.

The project will be divided into two components, including a 14-story building next to a larger tower that will be 50 stories and 509 feet tall. The building will be the second tallest in Long Island City, after the 477-unit residential tower scheduled to rise at 42-12 28th Street.

Construction of 43-25 Hunter Street is expected to be completed in early 2017.

2.  Jackson East – 37 stories
3.  Jackson West – 28 stories

Just north of Court Square, the Long Island-based Lions Group will erect a complementary pair of residential towers fronting opposite sides of Jackson Avenue, just off Queens Plaza South. The new buildings will be named Jackson East (26-32 Jackson Avenue), and Jackson West (27-01 Jackson Avenue).

Jackson East
Jackson West
Designed by the Queens-based Raymond Chan Architects, the towers’ facades are an eclectic mix of glass and brick, with floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies on upper-floor units.

The east tower will displace a one-story auto repair shop (once home to Bridge Plaza Electrical Supply), while the west tower will rise on the site of a recently shuttered gas station.

4.  44-12 Purves Street – 27 stories

It’s time to welcome another tower to the new Purves Street residential enclave.

Twining Properties has filed plans to develop a 27-story building with 165 residential units at 44-12 Purves Street (previously known as 27-19 44th Drive).

The 44th Drive end of the site was home to a recently-closed auto repair shop.

The new building will have 2,124 square feet of ground floor commercial space and rise to 282-feet tall.

44-12 Purves Street will stand directly across the street from 44-41 Purves Street, a 25-story, 284-unit building expected to be completed in 2017.

5.  27-19 44th Drive – 26 stories


Silvercup Studios purchased the land at 27-21 44th Drive (and three adjoining lots) for just over $21,000,000, where it plans to erect a 26-story, 145,000-square-foot residential building.

The new building, designed by GF55 Partners, will house 115 apartments with 6,780-square feet of commercial space on the ground floor.

27-19 44th Drive will also stand at 282 feet.

6.  One Queens Plaza  - 18 stories


In addition to the Jackson Avenue towers, Raymond Chan Architects is also designing a 110-unit building at 42-20 27th Street called One Queens Plaza.

The 90,000-square-foot building will rise 18-stories and include 8,645 square feet of commercial space, and a 55-car parking lot. One Queens Plaza is also being developed by the Lions Group.

The residential building will be just a single stop from Manhattan along the N and R lines–meaning residents can be whisked from their apartments to Midtown in under five minutes.

The mini-tower will sit directly across 28th street form Heatherwood Development’s 57-story skyscraper at 42-12 28th Street.

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