A stop work order hampers progress at a 19,415-square-foot, mixed use building proposed at 25-26 and 25-28 Broadway in Astoria. The seven-story project, designed by Robert Gaskin of RCGA Architects, consists of a ground level retail space, topped by 19 residential units that would span a total of 13,371 square feet and average 704 square feet each. The zoning diagram filed for 25-26 Broadway shows a building that occupies the 2,800-square-foot lot. In contrast, the plot diagram, filed in April, shows a 5,277-square-foot site that includes a two-story townhouse next door at 25-28 Broadway, for which a demolition permit was filed in January.
The 1917 opening of the Astoria Line, which runs two blocks east above 31st Street and carries the N and W trains, spurred a development frenzy. The approximately hundred-year-old, brick-faced structure at 25-28 Broadway was the first to be built on the block between Crescent and 29th Street after the street grid was laid out upon local farmland. A working-class residential neighborhood, anchored by a commercial strip along Broadway, emerged by the end of the decade.
The twin townhouses next door at 25-24 and 25-26 Broadway were built in 1946, according to a listing at the Department of Buildings. Both held restaurants at the ground level and apartments above.
In 2015, Antonio Disaveiro of Sanvito Realty Holding Corp, in collaboration with RCGA Architects, extensively renovated 25-24 Broadway and added a fourth story. The crude finish of the east-facing lot wall suggests the developer’s intention to fully obscure it with the proposed building.
Demolition at 25-26 Broadway commenced in late 2014 and finished the following year. The new building permit was filed in November of last year.
The original zoning diagram filed with the Department of Buildings indicates a cellar that spans the entire lot. The rectangular structure above would take up slightly more than half the site, rising without setbacks to the 60-foot-high roof. Balconies at the rear façade would overlook a 46-foot-long yard. It appears that the building massing and scope have since changed.
No renderings have yet been released, though the design may look similar to its neighbor at 25-24 Broadway as both are designed by the same architect. The development includes a 10-car garage.
According to permits, the seven-story structure would rise 74 feet to the main roof, becoming the tallest on the Astoria portion of Broadway. Upper floors would offer limited skyline views. The structure is contextual to its surroundings, which consist of a mix of low- and mid-rise buildings. Future additions to the neighborhood, such as the five-story, 64-unit mixed use complex under construction at 25-10 Broadway half a block east, increase local density and continue to expand the commercial district toward Ravenswood to the west.
Relative proximity to Midtown via the subway heralds continued growth in the area. The five-block stretch of Broadway west of 29-28 Broadway holds potential for becoming a vibrant promenade that connects the neighborhood interior to the cultural institutions at the East River waterfront, such as the Socrates Sculpture Park and the Isamu Noguchi Museum.