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New Edgemere residential building revealed


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Rendering courtesy of Curtis + Ginsberg Architects LLP 

Architects of a new mixed-use residential building in Edgemere released a rendering of the building, which the Department of Housing Preservation and Development recently filed applications to construct.

The project will be an eight-story, 101-unit residential and commercial building on a vacant lot at 45-05 Rockaway Beach Blvd. Curtis + Ginsberg Architects LLP is the architect and GDSNY designed the façade, which has a sleek, modern look with metallic features.

The project will dedicate 93,491 square feet for living space and nearly 500 square feet for commercial space, according to filings with the Buildings Department. And there will be a total of 35 parking spaces at the residence.

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Building inspectors from Queens among those arrested in $450K city bribery scheme


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Building and housing inspectors from Queens were among the 50 suspects who were allegedly involved in slimy, widespread corruption that uncovered about $450,000 in bribes, according to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance.

The borough contributed nine of the individuals who were arrested in connection with the citywide bribery scheme to skirt city building and construction regulations.

In addition to the city agents, Queens property managers, owners and two reputed mob members were arrested on Tuesday, after a two-year-long sting, which began with an inquiry into the attempted bribery of a single Buildings Department inspector, Vance said.

“Bribery schemes compromised two important city agencies and fair competition in our robust housing and real estate development markets,” Vance said. “Today’s cases demonstrate that the same surging demand that drives the pace of development can inspire the taking of shortcuts.”

The arrested Queens members include Housing and Preservation Department inspectors Barry Rice Jr. and Steven Crawford; Department of Buildings inspector Artan Mujko; property owners and managers David Weiss, Sandro Cabrera, Frank Campasano and Aleksander Zivkovic; and brothers Agostino and Michelangelo Accardo, who have reported mob connections.

Here are the alleged roles of the Queens individuals charged in the group bust and a citywide map showing where the schemes took place:

-Queens Department of Buildings inspector Artan Mujko allegedly accepted $70,000 in bribes for “signing off” on inspections for David Weiszer, an unregistered expeditor. Weiszer would send a list of properties his clients owned to the Buildings Department chief of development for Brooklyn construction, and Mujko would inspect the properties at his chief’s request and invariably the buildings would pass inspection.

-Queens HPD inspector Barry Rice Jr., working with Brooklyn inspector Luis Soto, was allegedly bribed to order tenants to leave buildings in Bushwick without a valid vacate order.

-Frank Campasano was one of the building’s owners Rice took a bribe from.

-Rice also allegedly arranged “pre-inspections of certain properties to ensure violations on buildings would be resolved before he conducted official inspections, after which the violations would be dismissed,” the district attorney’s office said.

-Rice and Associate Housing Inspector Stanley Hall allegedly promised to dismiss violations from a Bushwick property owned by Shea Sigal for more than $3,000 in bribes.

-Rice and Steven Crawford allegedly negotiated bribes from Joel Rubin, a property manager, to “pre-inspect” and dismiss violations from properties. Rice accepted $600 in bribes from Rubin.

-Rice allegedly accepted $300 in bribes from Aron Stuhl, a property manager for “pre-inspection” violations.

-Sandro Cabrera and David Weiss were among other property owners and managers charged with allegedly offering bribes ranging from $200 to $2,800 in exchange for various Department of Buildings favors.

-Aleksander Zivkovic is among a list of property owners and managers charged with allegedly paying bribes to HPD inspectors Olive Ortiz and Luis Soto to remove building violations. The bribes totaled around $41,000 for the property owners. The violations included a rotted door frame, non-working hallway lights, and presence of mice, flies and roaches.

-Agostino Accardo, an alleged member of the Bonanno crime family, and his brother Michelangelo, were charged with operating an illegal check bundling and money transmission service. It was not clear exactly what role they played in the corruption probe.

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Selling point: LIC Wills Group building sold for $43.5M — and more big sales


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Photos courtesy of Scott Bintner/Propertyshark

A number of properties in Queens sold for big prices recently, according to city property records. Here’s a run down of interesting transactions over the past week.

Address: 43-01 21st St.
Price: $43,500,000

The Wills Group Family Limited Partnership sold its commercial building in Long Island City at 43-01 21st St. for $43.5 million, according to city property filings recorded on Friday. The property is a three-story building with more than 120,000 square feet of space. The buyer is listed as Chicago-based 43-01 21st Street Eat LLC, although developer Rockrose was in contract for it last year, according to a published report.

Address: 55-02 Broadway
Price: $9,000,000

Manhattan-based 55 Broadway Realty LLC picked up this mixed-use office and factory building in Woodside for $9 million, according to city records. The one-story building has just over 30,000 square feet of space.

Address: 5 Court Square/28-24 Jackson Ave.
Price: $15,750,000

This building, which sits across the street from the Citibank Building in Long Island City, was in high demand because of its developmental potential in a hot neighborhood. At nearly 8,000 square feet, current zoning laws allow a future development to be nearly eight times bigger. AF Court Square LLC sold the building to Jackson 2524 LLC, a Great Neck-based firm, which filed to construct a mixed-use residential and commercial 11-story building with 73 units on the site last year. The project was disapproved by the Buildings Department.

 

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Expansion of Bayside church underway


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THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

Construction to expand the Siloam Reformed Church of New York in Bayside is underway and officials expect the work will be completed this year.

The church, which is located at 35-25 Bell Blvd., is building a new wing on its current building to include a cafeteria and gym area, according to filings with the Buildings Department.

The three-story building will expand from about 8,000 square feet to a total of nearly 14,000 square feet with the Victor Han Architects-designed addition.

Siloam Reformed bought the land in 2012 for $1.8 million from the Elim Presbyterian Church of New York, according to city records.

A construction poster on the site says that the building is expected to be completed this summer.


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Construction underway on Ridgewood’s largest new development


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Rendering courtesy of Essex Capital 

A rendering has been revealed for the largest new development in Ridgewood, a seven-story, 90-unit rental tower.

Construction has already begun on the project, which will be located at 16-14 and 16-26 Madison St. Essex Capital is building the residential structure and hopes to keep rents much lower than those in Manhattan and Brooklyn neighborhoods, according to a published report.

But rents in Ridgewood have been surging when compared to just five years ago, and exact rates weren’t given yet, Crain’s reported.

White Plains-based KSQ Architects is designing the building, which will also have 45 parking spaces, according to records filed with the Buildings Department in 2013.

Essex Capital paid $4.7 million for the two lots in 2013, according to city records.

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18-story mixed-use residential tower planned for Long Island City


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Map courtesy of Google

Developer New York Lions Group is roaring again in Long Island City.

The Great Neck-based firm filed applications on Friday with the Department of Buildings to construct another tall, mixed-use residential building in the neighborhood.

The new tower will have 18 stories with 110 apartments as well as another 8,645 square feet for commercial tenants at 42-06 27th St., according to city records. There will also be 55 parking spaces in the development for future tenants.

It will be another collaboration between Lions Group and Flushing-based Raymond Chan Architect.

Also in Long Island City at 27-01 Jackson Ave., Lions Group plans to construct a 15-story mixed-use residential and commercial tower also designed by Raymond Chan. This project will have 88 apartments and about 7,000 square feet of commercial space.

Raymond Chan is also designing Lions Group’s 77-unit Astoria condo at 14-07 Broadway called The Baron, which is expected to be completed by September of 2016.

Finally, the Great Neck developer recently refiled plans to construct an eight-story condo with 15 apartments at 42-83 Hunter St. in Long Island City. The building will have 12,336 square feet of living space and is being designed by Flushing-based MY Architect PC.

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Massive Flushing development site to go on sale


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Flushing is poised for the sale of large development site.

The property across from the Sky View Parc complex will be going on sale, New York YIMBY reported. The seller, ABS Flushing Development, bought the property in 2006 for $26 million.

The land at 131-35 Roosevelt Ave. had Buildings Department approved plans in 2008 for a major development, which included four mixed-use buildings at 16 stories. Originally designed by Ismael Leyva Architects and called River Park Place, the project would have had 457 apartments.

Renderings of the project are still posted on the architect’s website.

River Park Place will not be the only major development site in Flushing to see time on the market.

Last year, the second phase development rights of Flushing’s Sky View Parc luxury condo project, which included approved plans for a three-building residential complex, was listed for sale by Massey Knakal. The property was reported to have asking prices of more than $100 million.

However, Onex Real Estate Partners, the team that designed phase 1 of the Sky View Parc condominiums, retained the site and will go ahead and develop the second phase of the project, which includes more than 800 luxury condos in nearly 750,000 square feet.

“We are eager to bring the next chapter of this thriving community to fruition,” a representative of Onex said.

UPDATE: Previously not mentioned, Onex Real Estate Partners will develop the second phase of the Sky View Parc condos project. 

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Photo courtesy of Massey Knakal

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Astoria parking lot with major development plans sells for $17M


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Photo courtesy of Gratiela Ilis/PropertyShark 

An Astoria parking lot with plans for development has been sold for $17.35 million, according to property records filed with the city on Tuesday.

The buyer, Astoria 31st Street Developers LLC, bought the property, which is located at 31-51 31st St., from a group of owners under the name 1st Carico LLC.

Files to demolish the parking booth and construct a seven-story, mixed use commercial, residential and community facility building, were placed with the  Buildings Department last year.

SLCE Architects are designing the new building, which will have 114 residential units and nearly 20,000 square feet of commercial space as well as a 4,155-square-foot community facility,  according to city records.

There will also be 127 parking spots at the site.

 

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Permits filed for building at new Cornell Tech campus


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Renderings courtesy of Weiss/Manfredi

For now Cornell University’s Tech campus is located in Google’s building in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan.

But it’s widely expected that when Cornell’s new 2-million-square-foot tech campus opens on Roosevelt Island in 2017, the young leading minds of a new era will pour into Long Island City via the Queensboro Bridge for work opportunities and cheaper residences than Manhattan—as well as a world-class skyline view.

That long-awaited boon for the Queens tech community just took another step forward as Weiss/Manfredi Architecture filed an application with the Buildings Department Monday for the new corporate co-location office building on the campus.

The new 188,603-square-foot building will be six stories tall, according to the city filing, and will have a 38-car parking garage. There will be space within the building for students, faculty and firms on campus, according to Cornell.

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The building is filed for 1 Main St. on Roosevelt Island, which is technically in Manhattan, and the land is owned by the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Forest City Ratner Companies is developing the building.

In addition to the corporate co-location building, there will be a residential building, designed by Handel Architects, which includes 350 student housings units, with a mix of one, two and three bedroom suites.

Amenities in the residential building include a roof deck, gym, bike room, lounge and various media rooms, according to Cornell. In total there will be housing for 2,000 students and 280 faculty members.

The future campus will have 2.5 acres of new green space, including an outdoor campus plaza called the “Tech Walk” with outdoor benches and trees.

Architect firm Morphosis is designing the first academic building on the campus, which will feature academic classrooms and facilities.

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Eight-story condo tower to replace LIC industrial site


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Photo courtesy of Scott Bintner/PropertyShark

Great Neck-based New York Lions Group has refiled plans with the Department of Buildings to construct a residential tower on the site of a former industrial building in Long Island City.

The new structure will be a skinny eight-story condo building at 42-83 Hunter St. with 15 units, according to city records, and will be designed by Flushing-based MY Architect PC.

Lions Group picked up the property for nearly $1.9 million in May, according to city filings, and the new building will be 12,336 square feet, which is about the max allowed to be built on the site.

Demolition permits were filed last month for the small, one-story industrial building currently occupying the site.

Lions Group has been working on a number of projects throughout the borough, including a seven-story glassy Astoria condominium building, which they plan to begin building next year.

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New Elmhurst luxury rental building The Elm West revealed


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Renderings courtesy of Pi Capital Partners 

The Elm East meets The Elm West.

The developer of The Elm East, an Elmhurst luxury building located at Broadway and Queens Boulevard, has revealed renderings for a project planned across the street called The Elm West.

Flushing-based Pi Capital Partners is developing the sibling project at 85-15 Queens Blvd., according to a published report. The new building will be larger than its predecessor, which was completed in 2012.

The Elm West will have 130 luxury units, 50,000 square feet of retail space and a community facility, according to New York YIMBY.

Tenants will benefit from panorama views of the Manhattan skyline, according to Pi Capital.

Permits have yet to be filed with the Buildings Department for the new building, but if it’s anything like its sister, The Elm West will have a mix of studios and one- and two-bedroom apartments.

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The Elm East

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Partially developed controversial Dutch Kills hotel for sale


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Rendering courtesy of Massey Knakal

The owner of a controversial, partially constructed hotel in Dutch Kills is selling the structure.

Residents protested and even sued to stop construction of the nine-story boutique hotel on 39-35 27th St. in the Long Island City neighborhood in 2010, according to published reports.

But now, with more than 20 new hotels opened over the last five years, the area has become a hot hotel market, and owner Steven Baharestani of Dutch Kills Partners LLC is hoping to sell the yet-to-be completed hotel to the highest bidder.

“The offering presents a unique opportunity to acquire a full or partial interest in a hotel in the construction phase, in one of the most rapidly developing hotel markets in the New York metro area,” said Andrew Posil, director of sales at Massey Knakalwhich is marketing the building.

Construction on the hotel is one-third complete, according to the real estate firm. It will be 38,000 square feet and have 79 rooms when finished.

Baharestani is looking for the best possible offer for the hotel, and there isn’t an asking price for the building, a Massey Knakal representative said.

The Buildings Department originally approved plans for the hotel back in 2007.

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Construction of 12-story Astoria residential building set to begin


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Photo courtesy of Scott Bintner/PropertyShark

Development of a new 12-story residential building in Astoria is moving on to the construction phase.

HD Management LLC filed an application recently with the Buildings Department to begin excavation and structural work on the new 52-unit residential tower to be built on a site stretching from 27-13 through 27-17 21st St.

Purcell Architects will design the building, which will have 38,547 square feet of space for residential use. There will also be 31 enclosed parking spaces.

Currently a three-story building that was originally constructed in 1922 sits on part of the site. Demolition of a one-story auto shop, which sits on another section of the site, began earlier this year.

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Long Island City parking lot to be converted into 428-unit residential tower


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The trend of converting parking facilities into new sites for residential development has reached Alert Garage Corp.’s massive lot in Long Island City.

The owner of the parking garage, which takes up nearly one block, filed permits with the Department of Buildings on Wednesday to construct a new 10-story mixed-use residential and commercial tower on the site of the lot.

The property at 30-17 40th Ave. will be developed into a new, mostly residential building with more than 290,000 square feet and 428 units, according to city records.

GKV Architects will be designing the new tower, which will have 214 parking spaces — meeting city requirements based on zoning regulations for the area. The site, however, is located adjacent to the 39th Avenue N and Q subway station, giving future residents easy access to transportation.

Nearly 3,200 square feet in the new structure will be set aside for commercial space, according to the filings.

The site’s 83,000-square-foot floor area contains an existing one-story building, which occupies about a fifth of the lot. The filings indicate the new structure will be developed on the entire site, meaning that the one-story building will be demolished if plans are met.

Demolition permits have yet to be filed.

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The one-story building at the site. (Photo courtesy of Scott Bintner/PropertyShark)

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LIC Clock Tower and vacant site sell for $77M


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Photo courtesy of Scott Bintner/PropertyShark

Those looking to preserve the Long Island City Clock Tower may be running out of time.

Queens Plaza Park Development LLC bought the tower, which was the former Bank of Manhattan building, and an adjoining vacant site for a combined $77 million, according to property records filed with the city on Saturday.

Community members are hoping to landmark the building on 29-27 Queens Plaza North to avoid its development, according to recently published reports, after LIC Clock Tower LLC bought the tower in May for $15 million, city records show.

In just a few months, the price of the tower doubled and sold for $30.9 million. The buyer also purchased the vacant land at 29-37 41st Ave. for $46.3 million.

The vacant site has more than 205,000 buildable square feet. Queens-based developer Steve Cheung purchased the vacant site for $8 million in 2011, city records show, and last year he filed with the Department of Buildings for a 30-story residential tower with 242 units at the vacant site.

Plans for the Clock Tower site have yet to be filed with the Buildings Department.

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