Well maybe, but that’s not the real story. Instead, the LIC Post is reporting that a complete redesign of Hunters Point South’s Parcel C was unveiled last night at a Community Board 2 Land Use meeting. Most significantly, the towers will now rise to 55 and 44 stories from a previous 41 and 35 stories in the original plan shared in 2013. The other significant design change from that plan, is that the structure will no longer run uninterrupted along Center Boulevard, which effectively made it one mammoth building with two peaks. Instead it will be broken up with a Center Boulevard (and Oval and Manhattan) facing open area filled with greenery, art installations, and a food pavilion. It’s in that pavilion that one of the presenters last night threw out the name Shake Shack as a possibility, according to the Post story.
The design changes came about due to the previously reported logistical problems the developer was having with Amtrak, the NY Power Authority, and others running anything and everything under the site. So the solution seems to have been to build it tighter and higher, otherwise most other items remain. There will still be about 1,200 units ~2/3 of which are “affordable housing,” and the elementary school announced 15 months ago is pretty much as reported. Construction is now set to begin in June of 2018 with the first tenants expected to move in by the end of 2019, which I surmise will lead to the school opening in Fall of 2020. I’m not sure if the children attending that school will have their lunches catered by Shake Shack were it to be the tenant, but personally I’d rather have a Nathan’s.
Developers Redesign Parcel C of Hunters Point South Development – towers to rise several stories higher than planned
Previous HPS Parcel C Renderings – it may have been monolithic, but also looked pretty cool, at least in the renderings
TF Cornerstone to Build Phase 2 in Hunters Point South – LICtalk version of the announcement back in 2013 foresaw wine cellars
City Officially Pitches LIC & 3 Other Neighborhoods for Amazon HQ2 – not a well kept secret
LIC & Amazon: A Match Made in Tech Heaven – Daily News opinion piece touting LIC as top choice and includes this: “Cornell Tech’s president, Dan Huttenlocher — a member of Amazon’s board”
8-Acre Residential Site on Newtown Creek in LIC Hits Sale Block – there’s a lot going on in Hunters Point South development this week!!!
See the Sprawling Views From Greenpoint’s New 40-story Waterfront Tower – condos ranging from $1,300-2,000 psf