BY DOMENICK RAFTER
Editor in Chief
The battle to dominate Long Island City’s growing skyline is quickly becoming an arms race.
Yet another proposal is preparing to take the claim of Queens’ tallest building, opening up the possibility that by the end of the decade One Court Square, once the borough’s only skyscraper, will get lost in a sea of supertall towers.
Now it is the City View Tower, a 78-story high rise with total square feet of 969,000, proposed for the Court Square area of Long Island City.
Plans for the supertall residential tower were filed in February.
The 984-foot tower at 23-15 44th Dr., will contain 774 luxury residential units and 100,000 square feet of commercial spaces.
The architect firm is Goldstein, Hill & West Architects. The developer is Queens-based United Construction and Development, founded by Chris Xu. United Construction and Development are also the developers of several other Queens projects, including hotels in Jamaica and apartment buildings and supermarkets in Flushing and Whitestone.
The building will be easily accessible to public transit – with the Court Square subway station, and the E, F, G and 7 trains just steps away and the Queensboro Plaza station, served by the N and 7 trains, a short walk to the north.
City View Tower will be more than 300 feet taller than One Court Square – which will sit less than a block away – and several dozen feet taller than a 915-foot tower, Queens Plaza Park, proposed for 47th Avenue just north of Queens Plaza. Several other buildings around the height of One Court Square are under construction or proposed for the area.
The building boom in Long Island City is the result of a 2001 rezoning that allowed for taller skyscrapers to be constructed in and around Court Square and Queens Plaza, forming another “downtown” atmosphere in the area.
Most of the tallest structures that have been built and are under construction are residential, however, as the desire for living space grows exponentially in Long Island City.
More than 10,000 apartments and 1.5 million square feet of office space have been developed in the Court Square/Queens Plaza area since the 2001 rezoning, according to the New York City Economic Development Corp.
If approved by the city Department of Buildings and the Federal Aviation Administration – the building sits near LaGuardia Airport’s flight path – the project is slated to break ground in 2017 and be completed in 2019.