2016-08-31 / Features

Pioneer Mixed-Use Development Rising In Dutch Kills

BY LIZ GOFF


Developers poured the final load of concrete at the building site at 37-14 36th Street (at the corner of Northern Blvd.), led by Silver Star Motors Principal Michael Cohen, architectural firm Montroy Andersen DeMarco Principal Richard J. DeMarco, Project Manager and Designer Elizabeth Zagarello, 1 Oak Contracting President Roni Benjamini, Head of Construction Charlie Frattini and Assistant Project Manager Rebecca K. Eaker. 
Photos Bronwyn Davila Developers poured the final load of concrete at the building site at 37-14 36th Street (at the corner of Northern Blvd.), led by Silver Star Motors Principal Michael Cohen, architectural firm Montroy Andersen DeMarco Principal Richard J. DeMarco, Project Manager and Designer Elizabeth Zagarello, 1 Oak Contracting President Roni Benjamini, Head of Construction Charlie Frattini and Assistant Project Manager Rebecca K. Eaker. Photos Bronwyn Davila A new star is rising on Northern Boulevard in Long Island City – a 10- story, 135,000-square-foot, mixed-use building developed by Silver Star Motors, one of New York City’s premiere Mercedes-Benz auto dealerships.

Developers poured the final load of concrete at the building site at 37-14 36th Street (at the corner of Northern Blvd.) on August 24, topping off the first new tower to offer residential space on the busy stretch of Northern Boulevard in Dutch Kills.

The traditional ceremonial last load of concrete was poured from a bucket signed by the project team’s leadership, invited guests and construction crews, led by Silver Star Motors Principal Michael Cohen, architectural firm Montroy Andersen DeMarco Principal Richard J. DeMarco, Project Manager and Designer Elizabeth Zagarello, 1 Oak Contracting President Roni Benjamini, Head of Construction Charlie Frattini and Assistant Project Manager Rebecca K. Eaker.

“We are excited to achieve this significant milestone in the development process, thanks to the efforts and dedication of the design and construction team,” Cohen said.

A spokesperson for the City Planning Commission (CPC) described Cohen as a “pioneer in the rebirth of the Northern Boulevard corridor in Dutch Kills,” explaining that the third-generation automobile dealer was the first to break ground for new residential development on the corridor in more than 40 years.

“The stretch of Northern Boulevard had remained vastly underdeveloped, with mostly one-and two-story commercial buildings lining the strip,” the CPC spokesperson said.

“All of that changed in 2008 when the corridor was included as part of the Dutch Kills Subdivision – a 40-block rezoning project that opened the area to new residential development,” the CPC spokesperson said. “Michael Cohen was the first developer to file plans for residential development under the new zoning regulations. He opened a lot of eyes to the significance of high-rise housing development in the area.”

Cohen first set out to build a new pre-owned showroom for the Silver Star Motors dealership, and to expand the company’s existing pre-owned sales parking lot. During preliminary talks on the project, DeMarco suggested that Cohen consider residential development at the site based on the property’s zoning. The rest is history, with Cohen leading a charge for new residential development on the Northern Boulevard corridor.

The building will feature the Silver Star new car dealership and pre-owned showroom on the first two floors and a mezzanine level occupying 35,571-square-feet of commercial space.

The Silver Star Mercedes new car showroom will move from its existing location at 36-11 Northern Blvd., across the street to the new building at 37-14 36th St. (at Northern Blvd.), upon completion of construction.

The building will feature 85 rental apartments over the two floors occupied by Silver Star Motors, starting on the third floor and occupying 66,721-square-feet of residential space.

There will be 12 units on the 3rd floor, 16 units each on the 4th through 6th floors, 8 units each on the 7th and 8th floors, 7 units on the 9th floor, and 2 units on the 10th floor, the developer said. The 10th floor will also feature a 1,300-square-foot outdoor space with a fireplace and seating area.

It will feature 30 studio units, 27 one-bedrooms, 28 two-bedrooms, and 2 three-bedroom units, along with amenities including a 500-square-foot gym, a 1,000- square-foot outdoor barbecue area with a yoga space and an outdoor trellis seating area. There will also be a 700-square-foot lounge with a pantry, a communal table and a television lounge. Residents will also have storage space for 43 bicycles and parking space for 43 vehicles.

The building is located just steps from the 36th Street entrance to the M and R subway lines and the Q101 bus line. It is conveniently located within walking distance from the Steinway Street shopping corridor and two major supermarkets.

Occupancy is expected by the summer of 2017.

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