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Century-Old Homes About to be Demolished for 45-Story Court Square Tower

45-03 to 45-09 23rd St. (GMaps)

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.

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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.

The 45-story development site, outlined in red. (via City Planning Commission)

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.

23-10 to 23-16 45th Ave. (GMaps)

 

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queens lost its soul

This is disgusting and the area has absolutely no character. What, a block or so of “landmarked” homes – with ugly ass high rises towering over them. Batteries not included house u rule, don’t sell out. Don’t buy in. oi.

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DL

Again and again, we cannot fit on the subway. I hope and pray the 7 train platform is strong enough to hold all the weight. Also the raw sewage in Newtown Creek is unacceptable. Im sorry LIC. 🙁

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Harris Milstead

Hey the demand for housing is on the rise. Benefits us financially and moves along with progress.

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Anonymous

Yeah sure okay. Let’s see if I can afford to live in what they’re gonna end up putting there. I sure hope so. It’ll be a nice walk to my minimum wage job.

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B. Cooper

very sad to have classic, historic elegant buildings torn down and replaced by a plain, inelegant building tower.

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grumpy

GOOD.

Replacing 7 homes with 200 homes is GOOD. We have a housing shortage crisis currently so we need more housing.

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Anonymous

There is not currently a housing shortage crisis. There is a GLUT of empty apartments. They’re just not affordable. Anyone who thinks they’re going to build any or enough affordable housing is fooling themselves.

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MRLIC

Where are the stores? Answer many re closing such as health food store on 12 the street and Dorian Dinernlon 50 the Ave. Health food store owners faced a doubling of their rent and could not afford it. GREED at its best. Dorian’s did not really explain yet. Many businesses have been forced out by greed in LIC.

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Agreed, greedy developers like Trump are driving out businesses

It’s a shame he’s given his friends in the 1% so much taxpayer money. You were gullible enough to vote for him! You have no integrity.

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Anthony J. Cavaliere

Are these not all landmarked brown stone in the historic district of LIC
Wonder who got paid off in City Government?

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LIC Native

Not landmarked. The buildings that are landmarked are West from that section (basically across the street)

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MRLIC

Way to ruin a Neighborhood Developers. Overkill. All luxury high end apts and some hotel that has taken 10 or more years and counting on Jackson Ave . All stupidity and Greed at its best in NYC/LIC. Where is the needed so called affordable housing.??????DumBlasio is a Liar and a Hypocrite.

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Lol you voted for the developer

You want to call people hypocrites? You voted for a billionaire developer, and now you’re complaining they’re too rich, lmao. Sad!

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queensofqueens

but wait, I thought Modern Space was all about the community, and they were a partner in the sale of this site. so, maybe Eric Benhaim is really just about profit, which explains why 90% condo sales for Modern Spaces go to investors, many of which are foreign and have created an overwhelmingly transient situation for the LIC neighborhood….now happening in Astoria too……buh bye Queens

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Anonymous

THANK YOU for not being fooled by their lies. We all know what’s really happening here.
God forbid their is a real crisis in LIC- we dont have the adequate infrastructure to handle it. Have the reopened the fire house? Is there a new hospital somewhere that isn’t overburdened? These developers and brokers and landlords do not care to think long term and what’s really good for a neighborhood. GREEDY

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Anonymous

That stinks. Just what people need more over priced apartments that no on will be able to afford. Turning more of this great diverse comfortable middle class neighborhood into a neighborhood where people only come to sleep but never hang out and dont care about meeting the great and diverse population here Displacing long time tenants who do care

I hope no one every rents or buys the apartments

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sal

this is unfortunate. LIC has so little architectural character as it is, not to mention affordable homes for longtime locals. I generally think the new development in LIC is a good thing, since it brings cohesion and activity to our post-industrial shanty-town of a neighborhood, but can’t they find a nice parking lot down the street to build on instead? Or the LIRR Arch street yard?

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