Studio V — the master planner behind the mixed-use and multi-building developments Astoria Cove and Hallets Point, in western Astoria — is conceptualizing plans for adjacent separately owned development sites at 2-15 and 3-15 26th Avenue. According to Crain’s, the plans are preliminary, but would similarly mirror the neighboring approved mixed-use developments, possibly rising above 30 stories. The properties must first be rezoned through ULURP, and existing low-rise warehouse structures would have to be demolished.
Jewel Saeed, operating under an LLC, has filed applications for a seven-story, 46-unit mixed-use building at 26-02 4th Street, on Hallets Point, a piece of land poking out into the East River in Astoria. In the 42,340 square-foot building, the first two floors will house a healthcare facility measuring 10,435 square feet. The residential units, averaging 695 square feet, will spread across the upper five floors.
A three-story building must first be demolished. The building was formerly a factory before its residential conversion in 1995, now housing 13 units of supportive housing. Gerald Caliendo is the architect of record.
Excavation is currently underway for 11 two-story warehouse buildings spanning the lots of 18-21 – 18-27 41st Street and 18-22 – 18-42 42nd Street, in eastern Astoria, encircling the landmarked Steinway Mansion. According to Queens Chronicle, the buildings will stand 30 feet in height and will total 23,450 square feet. Gerald Caliendo is the architect of record, and an anonymous LLC, headed by the property owner Sal Lucchese, is developing. Completion is slated for Summer 2016.
While Alma Realty and the Durst Organization are starting to reshape the Astoria waterfront with their megaprojects on Hallets Point and Vernon Boulevard, smaller developments have started to appear on the sleepy western edge of Astoria near Socrates Sculpture Park. Developer DK Real Estate Group has filed a new building application for a skinny eight-story, 15-unit building at 14-35 Broadway, between 14th and 21st Streets.
Filed in May 2014, applications have surfaced for an eight-story, 33-unit mixed-use building planned at 14-55 31st Avenue, in western Astoria. At the northwest corner of 31st Avenue and 21st Street, the building will measure 27,130 square feet, which includes 2,450 square feet of retail on the ground floor. Anthony Hu’s Centennial Astoria is developing, and JLS Designs is the architect of record. Demolition began earlier this year on two existing wood-framed townhouses at Nos. 14-53 and 14-57.