Whitestone-based Schwartz Management has filed applications for a four-story, seven-unit mixed-use building at 31-28 38th Street, in Astoria. The project will measure 6,413 square feet. There will be a 300-square-foot community facility on the ground floor, followed by residential units averaging 671 square feet apiece, indicative of rental apartments. Joseph Sutana’s Bayside-based architecture firm JLS Designs is the architect of record. The 25-foot-wide, 2,500-square-foot lot is occupied by a two-story house. Demolition permits were filed in April. The Steinway Street stop on the R and M trains is two blocks away.
The story of development at 27-17 42nd Road is a testament to the ongoing rapid change within Long Island City’s landscape. When Star Tower was first proposed in 2008, it would have lived up to its name by shining on the Court Square skyline as its tallest residential building, offering luxury unmatched by any competitor in the area. As foundation work is underway for its successor, the neighborhood is at a point where a 25-story tower becomes infill, obscured by taller neighbors from nearly all directions. The perimeter basement wall appears complete, and work is in progress on interior foundations. The Department of Buildings lists 184 condominium units spread across 221,266 square feet of floor space. Hiwin USA is listed as the owner of the property while Milestone Construction is the contractor. When the 258-foot-tall building opens its doors in 2017, it will barely make a dent on the skyline, yet it will successfully fulfill its urban role as a building that respects its neighbors while maintaining an independent identity.
While most ongoing projects in booming Long Island City involve ground-up construction, 5-33 48th Avenue, two blocks east of the East River, is a conversion of the type more commonly seen in the borough across that river. The renovation and expansion of a four-story manufacturing building into a seven-story residential property is well underway. The project will feature 36 units, as well as retail at the ground floor. Joseph A Sultana of JLS Designs Architecture is indicated as the general contractor on the project’s work permit.
Property owner Anthony Gallo has filed applications for four three-story, multi-family residential buildings at 139-12 – 139-22 Atlantic (95th) Avenue, in Jamaica, six blocks from Jamaica Station. Each will measure 2,960 square feet and have four residential units, which means units will average a rental-sized 740 square feet apiece. Joseph Sultana’s Bayside-based JLS Designs is the applicant of record, and the plot of land is currently vacant.
Staten Island-based Leon Dasilva has filed applications for four two-story, multi-family residential buildings at 48-31 – 48-37 65th Street, in northern Maspeth, three blocks south of Queens Boulevard. The entire development will span 8,980 square feet in residential space, and each building will have two full-floor units averaging 1,120 square feet apiece. Joseph Sultana’s JLS Designs is the applicant of record.