Feb. 8, 2016 By Jackie Strawbridge
A new development is threatening to take the title of Queens’ tallest building from the Citi tower.
Developers filed plans Saturday for a 79-story, 774-unit building at 23-15 44th Drive, next to the CUNY School of Law and across the street from 1 Court Square.
According to City documents, the building is slated to stand 964 feet tall. It would loom over the Citi tower, currently Queens’ tallest tower, and would also be taller than a building planned at 29-37 41st Ave., which made headlines last year for its potential to become Queens’ new tallest tower at 914 feet.
Developers for the 41st Avenue project, known as Queens Plaza Park, could not immediately be reached for an update on that project or comment on this story.
Developer Jiashu Xu, also known as Chris Xu, bought this site from Citigroup last summer, for $143 million. According to a project page at United Construction and Development Group, Xu’s development company, this development will be called “CityView Tower.”
“Manhattan is less than five minutes away by subway or by car. [This site] is surrounded by a vibrant dining scene with some of New York’s most innovative eateries and taverns, lush riverfront parks with playgrounds, fishing piers, and running paths, notable art galleries and studios,” developers wrote on the project page.
Construction plans indicate that retail space and a residential lobby will occupy the ground floor. There will be parking for 103 cars on floor two.
Construction is expected to start in 2017, according to United Construction’s project page.
Xu could not be reached for comment on this story.