The LIC Hotel skyscraper could become low-rise apartments instead

LONG ISLAND CITY, QUEENS — A hotel skyscraper slated for empty land in Long Island City may have been scuttled by the city’s new limits on building hotels — and a developer is now planning a building of low-rise apartments on the site instead, according to recently submitted plans.

The site in question, at 24-11 Jackson Ave., covers part of the triangular block also bounded by 45th Avenue and 23rd Street – across from the Court Square subway station and across from the Court Square Diner.

Previously, the site was foreseen become a 50-story hotel managed by the Japanese company Toyoko Inn. Last month, however, The Real Deal reported that Tokoyo Inn was looking to sell the site due to city ​​ruler approved last fall which requires special approval for new hotels built around the five boroughs.

The newly revealed building at 24-11 Jackson Ave. will be just seven stories high and 96 feet tall, containing 54 apartments, according to plans submitted to the city on Friday.

A diagram showing the planned seven-story apartment building at 24-11 Jackson Ave. (NYC-DOB)

Now the listed owner is developer Sam Charney, whose business is working on the construction of a separate 50-storey building tower at the northern end of the same block. Once home to a multitude of low-rise townhouses, the block was erased in recent years to accommodate both projects.

The seven-story building will be designed by foggy finger — the same architects designing the adjacent Charney tower.

Toyoko Inn had would have was seeking $60 million for the site, but it is unclear when Charney bought it, as a deal does not appear in city records. Charney did not immediately respond to an email requesting details.

Apartments in the new building will average approximately 1,040 square feet each, plus 5,100 square feet of retail space. Notably, the plans do not touch the modest three-story building at 24-29 Jackson Ave., whose owner, mechanic Joe Nastasi, has turned down multi-million dollar offers to sell his property to Charney, according to the New York Times.

The block as it appeared in 2007, before its low-rise buildings were demolished. (Google Maps)

Supported by then-mayor Bill de Blasio, the controversial hotel text amendment was passed by the city council in December. It requires the Planning Commission to approve any proposed new hotel anywhere in the city, regardless of zoning – with a few exceptions.

It was backed by a major union of hotel workers, but opponents warned it could stifle tourism and hamper New York’s pandemic recovery.

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