Oct. 26, by Nathaly Pesantez
Developers have officially filed building permits for one of two towers slated for Parcel C of the Hunters Point South development.
TF Cornerstone, which revealed new plans for Parcel C of Hunters Point South last week, filed plans Wednesday for 52-03 Center Blvd. or the “north tower” on the parcel. The building height will rise to 587 feet, or 56 stories. The building is 14 stories higher than initially planned, as the LIC Post reported last week.
The developer plans to break ground on the tower in June 2018 and open toward the end of 2019.
The tower will hold 800 units, in line with initial plans, which will be spread across 766,551 square-feet of residential space. Floors two through 54 will hold between nine and 30 units. A recreation terrace for residents only is planned for the fifth floor. Of the 800 units, 534 units will be classified as affordable.
Two retail spaces, one at 4,933 square feet and the other at 3,140 square feet, will take up the first floor of the building, adding up to 8,073 square feet of commercial space.
A dog grooming room for residential use only will also be on the first floor. The second floor will hold enclosed parking for 73 cars, and storage space for 160 bicycles. The third floor will hold an additional 77 cars and 243 bicycles.
SLCE Architects, the midtown-based full-range firm, is behind the tower’s design. Projects in its portfolio include 432 Park Ave., the MoMA Expansion Tower, and the New School University Center.
Development on the parcel, part of Phase I of the 30-acre Hunters Point South project, was halted after problems with underground infrastructure forced TF Cornerstone to redraw plans for the two towers, north and south, slated above ground. The upcoming south tower will rise to approximately 44 stories, nine stories higher than previously planned. A 572-seat elementary school was also added to the parcel’s new design.
Construction of the 34,000 square-foot school will likely start at the same time as the north tower, with the south tower following about six months after.
The two towers on Parcel C are part of seven residential towers planned for the Hunters Point South development. The overall site, spanning from 54th Avenue to Newtown Creek, is currently in Phase II, which will see the construction of 3,000 units and a 600-seat school in the four remaining parcels.