Façade Work In Progress At Vertical Expansion Of 33-01 38th Avenue In Dutch Kills, Long Island City
The six-story, 94-unit project at 33-01 38th Avenue in Long Island City’s Dutch Kills neighborhood appears structurally complete, as the four floors added to the existing two-story building await exterior cladding.
Incorporation of the pre-war façade into the new building is a welcome approach, as it preserves the architectural legacy of the rapidly changing neighborhood. The Hakimian Organization is in charge of the commercial-to-residential conversion, which is designed by GreenbergFarrow Architecture and built by ESM Construction Corp.
The original building was erected in 1919, as part of the construction boom spurred by the completion of the nearby Queensboro Bridge in 1909. The 22,280-square-foot office building took up the entire block along 38th Avenue, stretching 195 feet between 33rd Street to the west and 34th Street to the east.
The property sold for $14.4 million in November 2014. Around the same time, Saviour Sultana and Photios Cougentakis snatched up two development plots immediately north at 37-29 33rd Street and 37-14 34th Street, where they are proposing a six-story, 43-unit mixed-use building and two seven-story mid-rises containing 80 units and retail space, respectively.
Construction commenced in late 2015, and the steel superstructure topped out in late summer 2016. The developer anticipates completion later this year, which sounds reasonable given current construction progress.