As expected, City Council approved plans today for two residential towers to replace the Long Island City graffiti mecca 5Pointz. Brownstoner Queens has the latest details on the agreement made with property owner David Wolkoff, who will begin demolishing the current warehouses in the near future. Here's what the deal calls for:
· 210 affordable units, up from the initial offer of 54. All told, there will be 1,000 new apartments across both towers, which will rise 41 and 47 stories.
· 12,000-square-feet of artist and gallery space, up from 2,000-square-feet. Wolkoff increased the amount after the local community board shot him down.
· Jonathan Cohen, curator of 5Pointz, will have the opportunity to curate 10,000-square-feet of "art panels and walls" in the new buildings.
· 32,000-square-foot public park
· 50,000-square-feet of street level retail
· 250 space public parking garage
· The use of 100 percent union construction workers
It's officially time to say goodbye. The wrecking ball comes next, and the first tower should be complete by late 2015.
· BREAKING: 5Pointz Condo Plan a Go, More Development Details Emerge [Q'Stoner]
· All 5Pointz coverage [Curbed]
Photo by Nathan Kensinger