Last week, YIMBY reported on permits for a 14-story mixed use development at 144-74 Northern Boulevard in Murray Hill, just east of Flushing in Queens. Now we have the reveal for the unusual, two-tower complex that will rise between 146th Street and Parsons Boulevard.
Flushing is quickly developing a reputation for glassy, modern architecture, but this design has much more flair than the neighborhood’s typical mixed-use projects, and the facade looks like a series of stacked, uneven boxes interspersed with smaller balconies. The resulting building has tons of outdoor space, with planted terraces and roof decks on nearly every floor. A glass and aluminum-clad atrium will reach up through the structure, to help create the feel of a “vertical village,” according to the architects.
The building will also be much larger than permits indicated. It will have 120 apartments spread across 100,000 square feet of residential space, for an average unit of 833 square feet. The apartments could be rentals or small condos, which have become more popular in Flushing and College Point as housing prices have risen.
The three-story base will hold 50,000 square feet of retail and community facility space, topped by 11 stories of apartments. And a two-level underground parking garage will offer enough space for 225 cars.
Garment District-based Morali Architects are designing the project, and the developer is Oz Levi of New City Management, headquartered in Midtown South just north of Madison Square Park.
A Burger King currently occupies the 267-foot-wide lot, and demolition applications have already been filed to knock it down.
Construction is scheduled to begin in late December and finish 18 months later, in mid-2016.