Aug. 18, 2015 By Jackie Strawbridge
An image of Long Island City’s future has come into clearer focus, with detailed images posted online of the massive tower planned to soar over Queens Plaza.
This proposed luxury residence would be located at 29-37 41st Ave., hugging the Clock Tower building. According to Property Markets Group, which is developing the project with the Hakim Organization, the 1,000,000 square-foot, 70-story tower will contain more than 800 units.
Building plans include amenities such as a pool, health club and open roof. There will be retail space and a 100-car garage.
6sqft first reported on the new renderings.
Construction plans were filed with the Department of Buildings in March, quickly inspiring doubts that the project was possible due to zoning restrictions.
However, later that month, the MTA voted to transfer air rights to developers, allowing them to build this tower – which would be the Borough’s tallest – as of right. The MTA sold the rights for $56 million, and stated to the LIC Post in April that the deal has “clear benefits for our Capital Program and thus for our growing ridership.”
The project has drawn criticism from the local community, including Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan, who released a statement in April calling it “out of character with the neighborhood and not supported by the present infrastructure.”
Developers did not respond to requests for comment on this story.