The development boom in Long Island City has gotten so hot that even small, relatively undesirable sites near Court Square are sprouting apartment buildings. Yesterday we spotted applications for a seven-story, mixed-use development at 21-59 44th Drive, on the corner of 23rd Street.
Development is starting to pick up in Rego Park, a suburban piece of eastern Queens nestled between Forest Hills, Corona, and Elmhurst. Today, we have a look at a rental building under construction at 97-45 63rd Drive, at the corner of 98th Street.
Heritage Equities is trying to secure city approval for Williamsburg’s first new office building in decades, and now developers hope to build offices in another one of Brooklyn’s hot industrial zones – Gowanus. Plans were filed yesterday for a four-story office building at 84 14th Street, only a block and a half from the Gowanus Canal and the elevated Gowanus Expressway.
On Friday, Crain’s reported on a rezoning proposal to downzone Sutton Place and institute a 260-foot height limit on new developments in the area. What wasn’t reported was the real cause behind this not-so-arbitrary figure: the leader of the East River Fifties Alliance, Alan Kersh, happens to live on the 26th floor of The Sovereign, which at 47 stories tall, is almost double the height limit its residents want to force on new buildings in the blocks to the south.
When we last checked in with 21 West End Avenue back in 2014, only a few stories of the 43-story tower had risen above street level. Now, Dermot Company is putting the finishing touches on the 529-foot-tall building between West 60th and 61st streets, and YIMBY reader Tectonic swung by for a construction update.