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Durst’s LIC Clock resi tower gets new look

New renderings show glassy, concave building
April 05, 2018 05:45PM

From left: Rendering of Queens Plaza Park, the Long Island City Clock Tower and Douglas Durst (Credit: The Durst Organization, Google Maps and Getty Images)

From left: Rendering of Queens Plaza Park, the Long Island City Clock Tower and Douglas Durst (Credit: The Durst Organization, Google Maps and Getty Images)

The Durst Organization’s Queens Plaza Park project — slated to be the borough’s tallest tower — just got a curvy new look.

The latest renderings for the project at 29-37 41st Avenue show a glassy, concave facade, New York YIMBY reported. The tower will rise 710 feet and feature 958 apartments, of which 300 will be set aside for lower-income tenants. The 978,000-square-foot building is next to the landmarked Long Island City Clock Tower, which is being repurposed as office and retail space.

Handel Architects is designing the tower, and Selldorf Architects is handling the interiors.

Durst purchased the property in 2016 for roughly $175 million from Kevin Maloney’s Property Markets Group. The following year, Brad Zackson, a protégé of Fred Trump and former business partner Paul Manafort, lobbed a lawsuit against PMG, alleging that its failure to develop the Clock Tower site cost him a share of agreed-upon profits.

The planned tower won’t likely hold the title of tallest Queens building for long. United Construction & Development Group is planning a tower nearby, at 23-15 44th Drive, that is expected to rise 752 feet.