In Manhattan, much of Brooklyn, and parts of Queens like Long Island City, a 300-foot tower isn’t even news. But out in the once-sleepy waterfront community of Sheepshead Bay, it’s sure to get people talking.
Last September, it was revealed that a joint venture between Muss Development and AvalonBay would be building a 30-story residential tower at 1501 Voorhies Avenue that would be four times taller than almost anything else in the area. Now, here’s our first look at the large and rather glassy behemoth designed by Perkins Eastman Architects. According to revised building plans, the tower is two stories shorter than initially filed and has a height of 331 feet, 6 inches to the top of its rooftop mechanical bulkhead.
The developers purchased the site, an expansive and oddly-shaped parcel near the elevated Brighton Line Sheepshead Bay B/Q station, for $20.2 million in July, 2014. Their new venture will contain a mix of 232 condo and rental units spread across 260,000 square feet of space, as well as 15,000 square feet of commercial space. There will be 166 parking spaces on the lower levels, with mechanicals and utilities elevated to the first floor to protect against flooding (the site was completely flooded after Hurricane Sandy). The building will have a lounge, playroom, bike storage, and outdoor recreation space. An earlier plan that called for a 22-story tower got local residents pretty annoyed, so we can’t imagine they’ll be too happy with this even taller model.
Get a first look at listings for 1501 Voorhies Avenue at CityRealty.
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Neighborhoods : Sheepshead Bay