LONG ISLAND CITY — Developer Tishman Speyer released a rendering and update Monday on its massive, two-tower office and retail complex planned for Queens Plaza — a project city officials are calling a "major job generator" for the neighborhood.
The developer and investment company Qatari Diar are building the 1.1-million-square-foot project at 28-10 Queens Plaza South, next to Tishman Speyer's existing building at 2 Gotham Center, which houses offices for the city's Department of Health.
The complex will feature two, 27-story office towers connected by four stories of retail at their base, which will include a food hall, restaurant and parking garage, according to the developers.
Co-working company WeWork has already pre-leased 250,000 square feet of offices, and the complete development is expected to bring roughly 2,000 jobs to the neighborhood, according to a press release.
"This project will be a major job generator for Long Island City," Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen said in a statement. "We are focused on growing good jobs across the outer boroughs and meeting the demand for new office space."
Tishman Speyer purchased 1.8 million square feet of development rights from the city — including 2 Gotham Center — in order to build the project, the company said.
The development is one of several new office projects that are underway or recently opened in Long Island City, as more companies are drawn to the neighborhood for its accessible location and cheaper office rents compared to Manhattan or Brooklyn.
This is one of several local developments for Tishman Speyer, which is also building hundreds of residential units on nearby Jackson Avenue.
Construction of 28-10 Queens Plaza South is expected to start in early 2017 and wrap up by 2019.