YIMBY sat down with TF Cornerstone’s Sofia Estevez and Jon McMillan to discuss the firm’s recent work, including the Arquitectonica-designed [Center Boulevard] Long Island City, which established an entirely new neighborhood.
The development’s completion is a milestone for the Queens waterfront, which has quickly evolved from post-industrial to vibrant and walkable; with 4610 Center Boulevard now open — and already 50% leased — the company’s focus is about to shift to several other major sites across Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.
Just below the [Center Boulevard] site, TF Cornerstone is building the next phase of Hunter’s Point South, which will have 1,200 units. Other imminent developments include 33 Bond Street in Brooklyn — revealed below — and one of the largest buildings in Manhattan, at 606 West 57th Street.
Public and outdoor space are also major components of [Center Blvd] LIC – do the buildings have individual outdoor areas, too?
J: The buildings sit directly on the public park, but they also have their own backyards. Behind those areas is the actual public park, which measures about eight acres. The backyards also total about eight acres.
Do you have any other major projects on the near-horizon in the boroughs?
J: 33 Bond Street will soon begin construction near BAM. And, of course, Hunter’s Point South.
What year do you expect to finish your buildings at Hunter’s Point South?
S: We should finish our Hunter’s Point South project in 2017. And that’s going to be very large, with 1,200 units.
How tall will 33 Bond be, and how far along is planning?
J: 25 floors. It’s not so much a tower, but it’s very large, and really enhances the street-wall. We’re actually done with planning, and that site is now moving into demolition and construction. That building will have 714 units, and 20% will be affordable.