2011-01-05 / Features

Health Department Starts Move Into Gotham Center

BY RICHARD GENTILVISO


Queens Borough President Helen Marshall welcomes Gotham Center to Queens at topping off ceremony of new tower at Queens Plaza, February 23 2010. Pictured with Marshall were (r.): Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Linda Gibbs; Rob Speyer, president and Co-CEO of Tishman Speyer Properties, and Deputy Mayor for Economic Development. Queens Borough President Helen Marshall welcomes Gotham Center to Queens at topping off ceremony of new tower at Queens Plaza, February 23 2010. Pictured with Marshall were (r.): Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Linda Gibbs; Rob Speyer, president and Co-CEO of Tishman Speyer Properties, and Deputy Mayor for Economic Development. Queens Plaza will have about 4,000 new denizens beginning this month when about 4,000 employees of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene start moving in from locations in Mid- and Lower Manhattan to new offices at Two Gotham Center.

The 21-story, 662,000-square-foot office tower replaced the Queens Plaza Municipal Parking Garage at the corner of Queens Plaza and 28th Street and has more than 180 parking spaces and 9,400 square feet of retail space on the ground floor.

“For decades, Long Island City has been talked about as an area with growth potential,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said at the October 2008 announcement of the project. “Gotham Center will be a further catalyst for growth in the area.

“The relocation of the Department of Health staff to the state-of-the-art facility will increase its operational efficiencies, consolidating units that are now dispersed. The new space will incorporate our new open space standards for city office space, designed to foster greater collaboration and a better workplace environment,” Bloomberg added.

The location of many non-field-based Health Department staff at Gotham Center is part of the goal of locating agency headquarters wherever possible under one roof for operational efficiencies and an improved work environment.

The five-level municipal parking garage was opened in 1976 and was vacant since February 2008. Demolition began in October 2008 and construction of Gotham Center topped out in March 2010. Health Department employees will all be in by late 2011.

Two Gotham Center uses new open space standards that are already employed by several other city agencies, including the Department of Transportation, the Department of Education, the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting, the Department of Consumer Affairs, the Department of Information, Technology and Telecommunications and the Mayor’s Office.

“[Gotham Center] will bring much needed economic activity in grand new buildings at the gateway to Queens,” Queens Borough President Helen Marshall said in the city’s October 2008 press release. “It proves that our efforts to bring jobs and renewal through rezoning works. [Gotham Center] will join our other marquee successes in the area, including the new Citicorp Tower and the United Nations Credit Union.”

“This is a double win for the city,” Queens Economic Development Corporation President Seth Pinsky said in the city release. “In addition to jump starting the redevelopment of Long Island City and realizing Mayor Bloomberg’s vision of turning the area into our fourth central business district, this impressive project will also help one of the city’s major agencies.”

Two Gotham Center is the first phase of a proposed 3.5-million-square-foot Gotham Center development. Two Gotham Center was designed by Moed De Armas & Shannon and achieves LEED Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Buildings Council for its interiors, as well as LEED Certification for its core and shell.

The Long Island City area will also benefit from a $40 million beautification project that includes a new public plaza, new plantings, lighting, street furniture and a public median from Queens Plaza to the East River.

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