Site Cleared For Seven-Story, Mixed-Use Complex At 37-21 32nd Street In Dutch Kills, Long Island City
A seven-story development is slated to rise at 37-21 32nd Street in Dutch Kills, in northeast Long Island City. The mixed-use project is one of several that are rapidly transforming the former industrial neighborhood. The 105,394-square-foot structure would occupy almost the entirety of the through-block lot, which stretches northwest-southeast between 32nd and 33rd streets.
Most of the site-spanning ground floor would consist of 15,887 square feet of retail, sitting atop a two-level underground parking garage. The 88 units above would be split evenly between two towers standing at either end of the site. A total 60,961 square feet are allocated for residences, which average 693 square feet apiece. The project is being developed by Shangri-La Astoria Inc., with Elmhurst-based Tan Architect PC in charge of design.
This rapidly growing residential area was predominantly industrial just a few years ago, and like almost all of its nearby counterparts, the 20,356-square-foot property at 37-21 32nd Street used to house light manufacturing facilities.
The two-story structure at the interior of the site dated to 1898, when Hiscox & Company Patent Medicine used it as a bottling plant and laboratory. The facility was expanded over the following decades by manufacturers such as Mercury Motor Works, Renner & Maras Ornamental Iron Works, Bliss Display Corporation, and others. Eventually, the sprawling, single-story facility took up the entire site except for a small, fenced-in service yard at 33rd Street.
A 2008 upzoning turned the nearby blocks into lucrative real estate. Shangri-La Astoria Inc. bought the property in November 2013 for $8,125,000, or $399 per square foot. The new owner filed the first comprehensive building permit in September 2015. The buildings were reduced to a gravel lot by early 2016 by the New York Fast General Contracting Corp.