Seven-Story Mixed-Use Building Stalls Before Completion At 25-10 38th Avenue, Long Island City
The demolition permit for the project was filed in March 2013, and the site was cleared by the start of 2014. Foundations and the basement retaining wall were poured by the end of 2014. The above-ground structure was erected over the course of 2015, and much of the façade was painted by early 2016. Since that time, construction progress has virtually ground to a halt, with practically no changes observed over the rest of the year. According to the Department of Buildings, a partial stop work order has been issued for the site, though new building permits have been issued as recently as September.
The 21,571-square-foot structure contains 11,830 square feet for 19 residences, averaging 1,135 square feet apiece. The ground floor contains a residential lobby, a 2,799-square-foot retail space and access to a 10-space parking garage. The project is designed by Astoria-based NDKazalas Architecture PC. Kevin Hernandez of GIL Homes is listed as the owner. MRMD NY Corp. is the general contractor.
The 41-foot-wide, mid-block lot sits on the south side of the avenue. Like many other developments in the residential/manufacturing M1-2/R6A district, the new building replaces a single-story, brick-faced warehouse.
The original proposal, submitted in 2012 and illustrated on the architect’s website, reveals a 10,000-square-foot structure rising five stories. Two of the twelve residences would have been duplexes with private roof gardens. The design channeled a distinctly modernist aesthetic through interlocking, rectilinear forms, staggered vertical panels, and windows of varying sizes. The website described the project as “an arrangement of pure geometric forms easily discernible and without unnecessary ostentatious ornamentation.”
It appears this description was only conceptual, as the first permits, filed in April 2013, indicate a seven-story building with almost twice as much floor area. The building rises 70 feet to the main roof, and its prominent, white-washed bulkhead adds about 20 more feet. This massing makes for an effective transition between the taller buildings on the blocks to the south, the mid-rises next door, and the lower buildings to the northwest.
The building maintains the basic design premise of the original concept. A square, paneled frame wraps around the central portion of the façade. Brick cladding fills the space between the staggered, floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies. The top-level setback faces north, towards nearby Astoria, with the Manhattan skyline visible to the west.