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964-Foot LIC Tower Could Become Queens's Tallest Building

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There's a new tallest tower planned for Queens. TRD reports that on Saturday, Flushing-based developer Chris Jiashu Xu filed plans for a 79-story apartment building at 23-15 44th Drive in Long Island City. The 964-foot tower bests the borough's tallest planned tower by about 50 feet. If permits are issued, the residential development will rise alongside One Court Square on a site formerly owned by Citigroup.

The 36,000-square-foot development site was slated to give rise to a third Citigroup Court Square tower when the banking giant had ambitions to create a Midtown offshoot in Long Island City, but Citigroup put the site up for sale in 2015 amidst post-recession woes. Xu, under the development company C&G Empire Realty which he helmed with his brother, paid $143 million for the site in July.

Plans for the site filed by Xu, who's now working under his own firm United Construction and Development Group, include a 778,000-square-foot building with 774 apartments and 20,000 square feet of retail space. Apartments will start on the fifth floor, where there will be 32 units. They'll only go down in count per floor from there; the sixth floor will have 24 units, floors eight through 60 will have 11 apartments per floor, and it'll whittle down to three apartments apiece on floors 76 through 78.

Goldstein Hill & West is the architect of record on the project. Plans indicate that the tower will go by Court Square City View Tower, which is about as original as Central Park Tower. Should permits be issued, construction will break ground in 2017.
· Queens developer files for 79-story LIC resi tower [TRD]
· Citi-Owned LIC Site Could Give Rise to a 40-Story Building [Curbed]
· NYC's Tallest Tower Outside of Manhattan Gets New Renders [Curbed]