March 11, 2019 By Nathaly Pesantez
The expansive Hunters Point South project has entered into a new stage, with plans at last filed for two towers at the southern tip of the development more than a year after developers were first selected for the buildout.
The towers will be built at 57-28 2nd St. and 1-15 57th Ave., and will rise to 33 and 57 stories, respectively, according to Department of Building filings submitted last week by the Gotham Organization, the lead developer in the city-backed project.
The 33-story tower will be located on a plot of land referred to as “Parcel G,” between 2nd Street and Newtown Creek within the Hunters Point South development, while the 57-story building is situated on “Parcel F,” between 56th and 57th Avenues on Center Boulevard.
The 2nd Street tower will have 452 apartments in a building totaling about 335,000 square feet. Roughly 7,000 square feet of community facility space will be provided in the ground floor of the tower.
The 57th Avenue building, spanning to about 750,000 square feet, will have 692 apartments. About 20,000 square feet is set aside for community facility space, with just over 9,000 square feet provided for commercial space—both to be located at ground level and on the second floor. The complex will also have 100 parking spaces.
The two additional towers, to be built on vacant land, have been in the works for many years as part of the eventual eight-building Hunters Point South development. Only two towers (between 50th and Borden Avenues) have been built so far, with four towers, including those at parcels F and G, in building stages. Developers have yet to be selected for the two remaining towers.
Both the Economic Development Corporation and the Department of Housing Preservation and Development announced in 2017 that Gotham, along with Riseboro, had been selected as the developer and nonprofit group to build and run the 33 and 57-story towers.
The majority of the units in both towers will be affordable, with about 900 apartments to be available for residents with income levels ranging from 30 percent AMI to 145 percent AMI.
The 57-story building, the team said during a community board meeting last year, will have 93 apartments reserved for senior housing at the base. The plan is also to have a healthcare or educational facility occupy the community space within the building, although no use has been narrowed down on so far.
The larger tower is also on a plot of land that will see a new stand-alone elementary school. Work on the school started several months ago, with the facility anticipated to open in 2021.
The 33-story tower, meanwhile, will have a kayak launch and boathouse, along with a public restroom at ground level. An arts and culture space is also in the works here.
The development team said at the time that construction on both towers is anticipated to start this summer, with both buildings expected to be completed in 2022. The shorter building, however, would be completed first.
The building filings for the two towers come more than a year after TF Cornerstone, another developer involved in the city-led waterfront development, began construction on one of two towers between Borden and 54th Avenues in front of the Oval at Hunters Point South Park. The parcel is also home to another upcoming elementary school.
The entire development, spanning about 30 acres from 54th Avenue to Newtown Creek, will have about 5,000 apartments when completed.