The structure will consist of two 20-story structures emerging from a podium, as reported by New York YIMBY. The Dattner Architects-designed buildings will feature views of the waterfront and a large-scale rooftop space for residents. The first structure has a 2017 opening date.
The overall 2.5-million-square-foot Hallets Point project includes 2,400 units with 483 affordable apartments in multiple residential buildings, with retail space, a supermarket, a school and a public waterfront promenade.
Durst purchased a controlling interest in the project from Lincoln Equities Group, the original developer, for more than $100 million last year. The company paid $15 million for the final parcel of land at 1-02 26th Ave. which it needed for the huge project, according to city records filed in February.
The Hallets Point project is one of two mega developments on the Astoria waterfront. The other, called Astoria Cove, was passed by the City Council last year. It includes more than 1,700 units, of which 27 percent will be affordable housing.