Storefront begins to take shape at 26-25 Jackson Avenue

We last stopped by 26-25 Jackson Avenue when construction had just started on the storefront.1 When we walked by the project last week, we saw that the windows on the second and third levels had been installed, and a plastic sheet that once covered the front entrance was now removed. A blue framework has now been revealed, as seen in the photo below. Crews are working based on a permit filed with the Department of Buildings calling for a “NEW STOREFRONT AND REPLACE WINDOWS ON FRONT AND REAR FACADE.”2 The permit was approved on March 16.

26-25 Jackson Avenue will eventually turn into a Toby’s Estate Coffee.3

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A view of 26-25 Jackson Avenue


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Pipe scaffolding up at 11-30 45th Road

The last time we stopped by 11-30 45th Road in June, construction had just reached the top floor.1 When we stopped by last week, we saw that pipe scaffolding is now up with outside facade working starting, as seen in the photo below. On site signage calls for a summer 2017 delivery.

Permits approved for the site on July 13 call for a six floor building with 24 units and 22,326 square feet of residential space (FAR – 2.98).2

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Pipe scaffolding is up at 11-30 45th Road

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Rendering for 11-30 45th Road


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Checking in on construction at Chipotle at 26-14 Jackson Avenue

In early July, we noted that construction had just started for Chipotle at 26-14 Jackson Avenue, with signage on site announcing an Aug. 9, 2016 completion.1 That date has since come and gone, and when we stopped by last week, we saw that construction is moving along, but nowhere near complete, as seen in the photo below.

Permits were approved on the site on May 17, and another permit was filed on July 27 to “ERECT ILLUMINATED ACCESSORY BLADE SIGN ON WALL (CHIPOTLE).”2 The story was first reported by our very good friends over at LICTalk in September.3

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Construction is moving along at 26-14 Jackson Avenue

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Signage calls for an August opening


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Rendering appears as work begins at 21-10 44th Drive

The last time we checked in on 21-10 44th Drive was in March, when demolition had just wrapped up on site.1 When we stopped by last week, we noticed that work had started, and a rendering had appeared on site, as seen in the photo below. Plans call for a 7-story mixed used building with 2,710 square feet of commercial space and 16,290 square feet of residential space (16 units).2

New York YIMBY was the first to spot permits back in March, and here are more detailed they unearthed:3

Igor Zaslavskiy’s Zproekt is listed as the designer, and Leon Rakhlis’s Impex Builders as the developer (though the land sale has not closed, and the site is still owned by the Rockland County-based firm that bought it in 1981). Both the developer and architect are based in Sheepshead Bay, and appear to have worked mostly there and in nearby Brighton Beach (we’ve got a rendering today of Zproekt’s 104 West End Avenue), so this project would be a step up for them in terms of price points.

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A look inside 21-10 44th Drive

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Rendering for 21-10 44th Drive


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Court Square Civic Association launches Facebook page

Thanks to friend of the blog Amadeo Plaza, who alerted us to the launch of the Court Square Civic Association’s Facebook Page (log in required). The organization initially organized in February, 20161 and its mission is to “Champion and facilitate the holistic development of the Court Square neighborhood through community collaboration and civic participation.”

Here’s more from our Q&A with Plaza, who is the president, from earlier in the year:

I think of all “micro hoods” in LIC, Court Square had the biggest blank slate. The LIC arts scene has always been incredibly strong, and I objectively believe its heart beats in the Court Square area specifically. But there were also a lot of empty warehouses, taxi parking lots, and the like. It’s an area that’s really starting to come into its own, and I want the civic association to be there to foster a sense of community that is often forgotten in New York City neighborhoods.

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