Watermark Court Square, the 27-story luxury rental building at 27-19 44th Drive in Long Island City, has risen past its tenth floor, about a third of the way to its final 282-foot height. The LEED-certified building is developed by Twining Properties, with The Ashforth Company as an investment partner. TG Nickel & Associates is the general contractor for the project, which Handel Architects designed as a slender stack of floor-to-ceiling windows set within a grid of grey and dark brown brick. Completion is expected in 2017.
YIMBY last brought you a construction update in December, when foundation work was underway, on the 62-story, 426-unit mixed-use tower planned at 242 West 53rd Street (a.k.a. 239 West 52nd Street), in Midtown between Eighth Avenue and Broadway. Since then, foundation work has largely wrapped up, as seen in photos by Vertical Gotham via the YIMBY Forums, which means construction can now proceed skyward. Residential units in the 542,276-square-foot, 675-foot-tall tower should average 1,024 square feet apiece. There will also be 16,514 square feet of ground floor retail space. Amenities will include a 90-car parking garage, storage space for 247 bikes, a fitness center, a swimming pool, a basketball court, a golf simulator, and a private entertainment area. There will also be outdoor terraces on the second, third, and 61st floors. Algin Management is the developer, while CetraRuddy is behind the design of the exteriors and interiors.
Brooklyn-based GY Properties has filed applications for twin three-story, two-family mixed-use buildings at 2349-2353 Coney Island Avenue, in Sheepshead Bay, located six blocks from the Avenue U stop on the Q train. From north to south, they will measure 6,439 and 6,498 square feet respectively. The ground floors in each structure will host 1,901 and 1,925 square feet of retail space. Across both buildings, the project’s four full-floor residential units should average 1,304 square feet apiece, indicative of condominiums. Danny Isla’s Long Island-based Isla Engineering Service Company is the applicant of record. The 40-foot-wide plot is currently vacant.
Midtown South-based Mike Shamash has filed applications for a seven-story, eight-unit mixed-use building at 1010 Fulton Street, in southern Clinton Hill, located two blocks from the Franklin Avenue stop on the C train and Franklin Avenue Shuttle. The structure will encompass 11,000 square feet, of which 1,665 square feet will be designated to ground-floor retail. Beginning on the second floor, the residential units should average 815 square feet, which means rental apartments are likely in the works. Three of the apartments will be duplexes. Long Island-based Shahriar Afshari is the applicant of record. The 20.5-foot-wide, 2,091-square-foot lot is currently vacant.
A piece of old New York is set to be replaced by something new. On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved a proposal to demolish the three-story structure at 25 Bleecker Street and replace it with a six-story (plus penthouse) mixed-use building with three residential units.