Amidst all the construction frenzy that's taking place in Long Island City right now, one block in particular, in the Court Square area is witnessing the construction of three new residential buildings at the same time. Field Condition has documented the progress at these three sites that sit at the intersections of Jackson Avenue, 44th Drive, Purves Street, and Thompson Avenue.
The first of three is the Twining Properties-developed, Watermark Court Square A 27-story rental tower that will have 168 apartments. Designed by Handel Architects, the building also features 2,500 square feet of retail. About 40 percent of the units will be studios, another 40 percent one-bedrooms, and the rest will be two-bedrooms.
The second tower is located at 27-21 44th Drive, and is known as The Edison. Developed by Silvercup Properties, the building will feature 120 condos. Architects GF55 Partners are designing 105,562 square feet of residential space, and 6,780 square feet of retail.
The final of the of three projects is rising at 44-28 Purves Street. The 35-story building is a collaboration between Brause Realty and the Gotham Organization. Once complete, the FXFOWLE-designed project will include 270 rental units divided into studios, one-bedrooms, and two-bedrooms. The rental tower will be connected to a two-story building with a courtyard that comes fitted with a swimming pool. The adjacent, shorter building will house the development's amenities, a roof deck, and some space for retail as well.