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Queens West

Long Island City, NY

size: 3,000,000 SF

type: Master Plan

Queens West was a 3,000,000 SF Master Plan Proposal. The Queens West Development Corporation RFP called for a design and financing proposal for eleven buildings totaling 3,400 units and 2,000 parking spaces in underground garages when completed.

Time Equities, Inc. with FXFowle Architects responded to a Request For Proposals (RFP) from the Queens West Development Corporation.  Glenn Erikson oversaw the design team for during the proposal process. Design options were limited by QWDC’s requirement for both an early start to buildout and its prior URLEP approval of a street system that resulted in a less than optimal design, and which had not yet been built out. Our proposal consolidated the number of buildings down to seven, allowing a large increase in open space and community services, a larger proportion of units with water views, and an enhanced urban retail street experience as compared to the original design. The Proposed solution was to maintain for Phase One the URLEP approved street grid, density and overall design approach, and to apply for an updated URLEP, which could reasonably be expected to be approved by the beginning of Phase Two (each phase being a block square area of the total project). This allowed the proposed project to both be started quite quickly, yet provide for all the enhancements the design team envisaged. These enhancements included:

  • More Open Space: from 148,000 SF to 274,000, an increase of 126,000 SF, or 85%.
  • Unshadowed Green Area Increase: from 137,000 SF at Noon, May 1st, to 232,335 SF, an increase of 95,000 SF, or 70%.
  • Water Views: increased from 45% of units to 95%.
  • View Corridors: water views on 46th Road, and 46th & 47th Avenues were enhanced by setting back tall buildings off the property lines on these streets.
  • Community retail square footage: a 100% increase, with retail continuity and midrise apartment “eyes on the street” above for an enhanced feeling of safety at night.