Construction is wrapping up on 21-59 44th Drive, a six-story mixed-use building in Long Island City, Queens. Designed by Z Architecture, the structure will bring 20 residential units, 2,600 square feet of retail space, and 361 square feet of community facilities to the northern corner of 44th Drive and 23rd Street.
Recent photos show the progress that has occurred since our last update in August, when the structure still stood fully enshrouded in black netting and metal scaffolding. Now these elements have all been dismantled, revealing the finished look of the façade, which is composed of light-colored brick, metal, and floor-to-ceiling windows.
Views from across the street show the contemporary structure appearing very much like the architectural rendering above. Green construction boards remain around the ground floor, while the sidewalk scaffolding has all been taken down.
The landscaping, outdoor seating, and shrubbery depicted in the rendering will eventually be placed across terraces on the multiple setbacks. Glass railings for these amenity spaces are now installed.
21-59 44th Drive yields 14,000 square feet of newly built residential space, for an average of 740 square feet per unit. Amenities include indoor-outdoor recreational space on the second floor, a landscaped roof deck, and storage facilities for both packages and bicycles. The retail frontage on the southern and eastern elevations facing 44th Drive and 23rd Street will span the whole ground floor. The main entrance for residents is positioned on the northern corner and will sit under a metal canopy. The closest subways to the property are the E and M trains, located to the west along 44th Drive at the Court Square-23rd Street station, and the G and 7 trains at the nearby Court Square station.
21-59 44th Drive looks like it will open in the first half of 2021.