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20-Story Mixed Use Building to Rise in Court Square: DOB Filings

The frontage of the 27-10 44th Dr. development site includes the Jackson Avenue building that was tenanted by the Subway eatery. The proposed development does not include the Burger Garage property (Photo: QueensPost)

March 5, 2020 By Allie Griffin

Another high-rise is planned for Court Square.

Developers filed plans with the Department of Buildings (DOB) on Monday to raise a 20-story mixed- use development at 27-10 44th Dr.– on an odd-shaped, 11,600 square foot lot with multiple addresses.

The triangular-shaped property fronts onto Jackson Avenue, Thomson Avenue and 44th Drive and is owned by Werwaiss Realty, according to city records. The property incorporates a small parking lot, a shuttered Subway eatery and a former dog grooming store.

Dog Island City moved to a new location. The 27-18 44th Dr. site is part of the 20-story development plan

The proposed building will have 10,170 square-feet of commercial space and 107,377 square-feet dedicated for residential use.

The plans call for 157 residential units, a rooftop recreational space, game room, fitness room, yoga room, laundry room, bike storage and a concierge desk, according to the DOB filing.

The corner lot–where Burger Garage is located (25-36 Jackson Ave.)– is not part of the plan. However, that lot is also owned by Werwaiss.

The area in purple is being developed according to the plans. The area in black is Burger Garage, which is not part of the plan (Source: City Planning)

The greater triangle– the land wedged between 44th Drive, Thomson and Jackson Avenues–has undergone rapid change in recent years.

In 2016, developer Tom Wu of Great Neck bulldozed 5 Court Square, located on the corner of Jackson and Thomson Avenues, which forced the closure of ENC Market, Domino’s Pizza and a Montessori school, among other businesses. Wu, who bought the site in 2014 for $15.75 million, has recently completed an 11-story condo building there.

Meanwhile, Manny’s Auto Electric, which had been located at 27-19 Thomson Ave. for decades, closed in 2018 and the auto shop has been demolished. The store closed shortly after Tom Wu bought the site for $6.85 million in 2018 as part of his 10-story development plan.

5 Court Square where Jackson Avenue and Thomson Avenue meet (Google Maps 2014)

Manny’s Auto Electric, where 44th Drive and Thomson Avenue meet (Photo: September 2018 QueensPost)

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But where is my below market rent apartment? What about my needs? I was born here and I deserve my free stuff.


Hopefully Whole Foods and Equinox are coming with it. Even Brooklyn has these and more than one location. It’s about time LIC got it too.


Need to see some renderings, but this is actually a good site for development–will help make this block feel more like a real city with a consistent urban fabric instead of a shanty town, and will give some definition to the park in front of the courthouse.


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