June 23, 2016 By Michael Florio
Long Island City’s beer scene is growing again with a new beer hall slated for Borden Avenue.
The Blanchard Building, located at 21-09 Borden Ave., will open as an office building next year following renovations and will include a ground floor beer hall, according to a spokeswoman with Related Companies, the property owner.
However, the company has not yet identified an operator of the beer hall.
Related Companies has invested $15 million in the renovation of the Blanchard Building, the spokeswoman said. The company is also renovating the nearby Paragon Building at 21-00 49th Ave. (not to be confused with the former Paragon Paint Factory on Vernon Boulevard). They have invested $30 million towards the renovation of that building, according to the spokeswoman.
When finished, both buildings will have office space as well as various retail and food options. The offices will open in 2017 and Related expects the retail and food to be ready at that time as well.
“We are transforming these ideally located buildings into premier office space and an important piece of our strategy is creating dynamic amenities for gatherings, including indoor and outdoor public spaces, restaurants, shops and cafes that will be appealing to workers and residents of the community alike,” Patrick Sweeney, SVP of Related Companies, said.
The New York Times previously reported on the beer hall opening.