June 11, 2015 By Jackie Strawbridge
The first building in the Hallets Point megaproject is set to rise.
Plans were filed today with the Department of Buildings for what developers are calling “Building 1” of Hallets Point, which will ultimately bring more than 2,000 apartments to the Astoria waterfront.
City Council approved the megaproject in 2013. Last fall, the Durst Organization bought a 90 percent stake in the project from Lincoln Equities; Durst gained complete ownership of the property early this year, after buying the parcel where Building 1 will sit for $15 million.
Located at 1-02 26 Ave., this first structure will comprise two attached towers, one standing 22 stories and the other standing 17 stories, according to Daniel Heuberger of project designers Dattner Architects.
Heuberger said Building 1 will consist of 400 apartments between the two sibling towers, but added that this number is “a little bit in flux.”
Developers said in January that construction is slated to break ground in October. Building 1 is expected to be completed in 2017, according to Dattner.
In all, Hallets Point is expected to be completed in six years, built across seven phases.
Amenities in Building 1 include a supermarket and shared rooftop space.
Twenty percent of its residential space will be dedicated as affordable housing, Durst spokesperson Jordan Barowitz said.