Construction on the 27-story, 168-unit mixed-use building under development at 27-19 44th drive, in the Court Square section of Long Island City, has topped out 282 feet above street level. Photos of the structure have been posted to The Court Square Blog. The news comes after construction was only up to the ninth floor in May. The latest building permits indicates the project, dubbed Watermark Court Square, measures 152,144 square feet. There will be 2,756 square feet of retail space on the ground floor, followed by rental apartments averaging 731 square feet apiece. The building’s residential amenities were listed in one of YIMBY’s earlier posts. Twining Properties is the developer, with Handel Architects designing. Completion is expected in the summer of 2017.
Morris Dweck, doing business as Brooklyn-based DII Enterprises, is planning to renovate and restore parts of the façade on the single-story, 10,000-square-foot commercial-retail building at 36-01 Broadway, located on the corner of 36th Street in Astoria. The project also includes combining the corner property with the single-story retail building at 36-11 Broadway. The corner building is very likely a former Childs Restaurant location, DNAinfo reported, which prompted local historical preservation organizations to urge the property owner to retain the building’s exterior details. The effort was successful and Midtown South-based Marin Architects is designing a renovation that respects existing design elements. The façade will be made mostly of brick and limestone. Completion is expected later this year.
Over the past year, the former four-story commercial building at 152 Elizabeth Street, located on the corner of Kenmare Street in Little Italy, has been demolished down to its foundation. A seven-story, seven-unit mixed-use building is now rising from that foundation, currently a single story above street level, Bowery Boogie reports. The latest building permits indicate the new structure will measure 26,788 square feet. The ground floor will host 2,193 square feet of retail space, followed by two units per floor on the second and third floors, full-floor units on the fourth and fifth-floors, and a penthouse on the sixth and seventh floors. The penthouse will feature two roof decks. The apartments, condominiums, will range from one- to four-bedrooms, averaging 3,514 square feet apiece. There will also be a seven-car automated parking garage in the cellar. Osaka, Japan-based Tadao Ando Architects & Associates is the design architect and Greenwich Village-based Gabellini Sheppard Associates is the executive architect. Sumaida + Khurana is the developer. Completion can probably be expected in 2017.
Jackson Heights-based property owner Juan Luna has filed new applications for a three-story, two-unit residential building at 40-07 95th Street, in northern Elmhurst. It will measure 4,104 square feet. A medical office will be located in the cellar and 1,169 square feet of retail space will occupy the ground floor. There will be two residential units across the second and third floors. The full-floor residential units should average 716 square feet apiece, indicative of rental apartments. Jorge L. Bosch’s Midtown South-based Bosch Architecture is the architect of record. The 25-foot-wide, 1,368-square-foot property is currently vacant. The site’s two-and-a-half-story predecessor was demolished last month. The Junction Boulevard stop on the 7 train is located around the corner.
Beijing-based Xinyuan Real Estate has acquired the dilapidating RKO Keith’s Theatre, of which the interior is an individual landmark, at 135-35 Northern Boulevard, in downtown Flushing, for $66 million. Xinyuan plans to redevelop the property into a 16-story, 269-unit mixed-use building dubbed Flushing Square, Real Estate Weekly reported. The project will encompass 372,598 square feet and will host retail space on the ground and second floors. Pei Cobb Freed & Partners will be responsible for the design. Although redevelopment plans were first filed as far back as 2003, the new architect will likely file new permits with the Buildings Department. Regarding the landmarked interior, Pei Cobb Freed will also have to seek approval from the Landmarks Preservation Commission if the firm’s vision differs from those previously approved plans. The site was placed on the market earlier this year after the previous owners, JK Equities, acquired it in 2013 for $30 million.