Luxury Art Deco Condo Rises in Forest Hills
QUEENS — A new luxury condo complex under construction in Forest Hills will feature Art Deco architecture, green construction and a rooftop garden for residents, its architect said.
The 16-story condo, which is rising on Queens Boulevard between Continental Avenue and 71st Road, is scheduled to be completed in June 2014, said Anthony Morali of Morali Architects, the firm that designed the building.
Morali's company is also designing a 1,000-foot-tall skyscraper at 80 South St. in Manhattan, which will have cut-outs every 10 stories that will be turned into vertical and horizontal gardens.
The Forest Hills building will have 100 units, mostly one- and two-bedroom apartments that will vary in size from about 800 to 1,200 square feet.
Anthony Coletti, the chief operating officer at Cord Meyer, the developer, said the units in The Aston will cost between $600,000 and $750,000.
The design calls for a concept borrowed from Art Deco that incorporates sharp angles and setbacks instead of putting the building in "a square box.”
Several buildings in the area, he said, have Art Deco elements, including the sign in the Midway Theatre across the street from the new condo.
The new building, Morali said, “is going to correspond nicely with the history of the Forest Hills 1930s Art Deco movement.”
“The Great Gatsby comes to Queens again in a modern version,” he added.
The building will include a new CVS pharmacy on the ground floor, which will have a rooftop garden where residents will be able to grow plants, Morali said.
“We wanted to make a really nice roof garden where everybody can meet each other and share” the space, he said.
The plan is to also to hold barbecues there, as only 12 units in the buildings have their own balconies, Morali said.
Other amenities will include a gym overlooking the garden, a large lobby and a laundry room, Morali said.
Most of materials used for construction will be natural and sustainable and the building will be energy-efficient, the architect said.