City on the hunt for a developer to build a mixed-use complex over LIC rail yard

The project would be built over the tracks on Jackson Avenue
January 24, 2017 09:40AM

11-24 Jackson Avenue (Credit: Google Maps)

The city wants to build housing, retail and open air space over a rail yard in Long Island City, and it’s searching for a developer to do the job.

A request for proposals for the 58,000-square-foot site was published Monday, DNAInfo reported. The development at 11-24 Jackson Avenue would feature similarities to Hudson Yards in that it would be built over a rail yard, and the developer would work with the Economic Development Corporation and the MTA.

The project would include housing for a variety of incomes, along with a community facility, retail and publicly accessible open space, according to the RFP. Boarded by 21st Street and 49th Avenue, the site is close to the Pulaski Bridge, as well as the 7 and G subway stations.

According to Reonomy, the lot is in an M1-5 zoning district, which means developers could erect a building up to five times the size of the lot’s area as of right — or 290,000 square feet. Although zoned for manufacturing use, a building in an M1-5 district “may be converted to residential use, provided a specified amount of floor area is preserved for particular industrial and commercial uses,” according to the Department of City Planning’s website.

Earlier this year, Stawksi Partners TRData LogoTINY filed plans for a 66-story tower in the neighborhood that would include 921 rental apartments, 17,000 square feet of retail space, a library and an indoor swimming pool.

Heatherwood Communities is building a 57-story tower at 42-12 28th Street, and G&M Realty is building two towers on the 5Pointz site at 22-44 Jackson Avenue.

Meanwhile, the state of New York is also considering a proposal to add a deck over a rail yard in the South Bronx, allowing a developer to lease or buy the 13-acre parcel. Bronx Borough president Ruben Diaz Jr. last year released a report outlining a similar proposal to deck a rail yard in the northwest section of the borough, which could make way for about 2 million square feet of development. [DNAinfo]Miriam Hall