2007-05-16 / Features

Dutch Kills Reaching For The Sky

BY LIZ GOFF

A line drawing of the proposed 31st Street elevation. The elevation displays 6 stories on 31st Street & 12 stories on 32nd Street. A line drawing of the proposed 31st Street elevation. The elevation displays 6 stories on 31st Street & 12 stories on 32nd Street. Things continue to look up in the Dutch Kills community, where construction crews are busy building what is being described as the first "skyscraper" in the Long Island City neighborhood.

Architect Patricio Solar said developer Alma Realty is reaching for the stars with a new, 14- story office tower that is currently under construction at 37-14 32nd St. The tower is the second high-rise building in development in the Dutch Kills neighborhood. A 12-story Mariott "Fairfield Inn" Hotel is under construction just two blocks away, according to city planners.

Solar declared, "The commercial property runs from 32nd to 31st Street. Alma [Realty] is building two, six-story office buildings on the 31st Street side, which will be connected to the 14-story tower by a 40-foot setback in the center of the property. The first two floors of the structure will run "street-tostreet", with ceiling-to-floor glass that will create a sophisticated, luxury design. The buildings will feature two levels of underground parking. The project is slated for completion in late 2008.

"This is exciting news for the Dutch Kills community," said George Stamatiades, executive director of the Dutch Kills Civic Association.

"Residents of Dutch Kills have been shouting from their rooftops for many years, that this community is the 'center of it all.' We have tolerated the indifference and obstacles forced on this community by businesses that didn't give a damn about our quality of life," he stated.

"This type of development is the best thing that could happen here. It will bring new life to the community and will help revitalize the 36th Avenue commercial strip to its former glory days," Stamatiades concluded.

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