Dec. 5, 2019 By Kristen Torres
Three more century-old homes in Long Island City are slated for demolition.
The multi-family homes are all located on the same block – one at 23-10 45th Ave. and two at 45-03 and 45-07 23rd Street.
The demolitions will clear the way for the construction of a 45-story building near the southeast corner of 23rd Street and 45th Avenue in the heart of Court Square.
Permits for the demolitions were filed Nov. 8. A total of seven multi-family homes on the block are in the process of being torn down to make way for the new high-rise.
The addresses of the buildings to be bulldozed extend from 23-10 to 23-16 45th Ave., and 45-03 to 45-09 23rd St.
The new project, however, will not cover the corner two-story building currently at 45-01 23rd St. The developer noted in city filings that attempts to purchase the property and its development rights from the owner were unsuccessful
The seven buildings being torn down were all bought by the developer – Tavros Capital Partners – between 2016 and 2017.
The new tower will boast more than 308,000 square feet and house 200 apartment units alongside retail and office space.
Tavros successfully rezoned the lots to allow for the construction of a significantly shorter—but broader– building than what was permitted by zoning. The owners were able to build a 70-story structure but sought a 45-story building that would allow for more leasable square footage.
The multi-family home at 23-10 45th Ave. currently has three apartments on three floors spread across 3,600 square feet; the other two buildings at 45-07 and 45-03 23rd Street are two-story buildings, each with three apartment units.
Construction on the new building is planned to begin in 2020 and be completed by 2022.