Recently, I was given a tour of the phase one towers for the Hunter's Point South development in Queens. The joint venture between Related, Monadnock, and Phipps Houses is the first phase of a long term project to significantly increase the amount of affordable housing available to residents of New York. Hunter's Point South Commons and Hunter's Point South Crossing, soon to finish construction and opens their doors to the first tenants, will bring 925 units of affordable housing to the Queens waterfront. Notifications to winning applicants of the housing lottery have begun as of February.
Exterior wall installation has completed on both towers by SHoP Architects and Ismael Leyva Architects. Hunter's Point South Commons features fritted stripes and orange accents on the PTAC units and vertical fins of its curtain wall. Hunter's Point South Crossing features a combination of light and dark glass with blue accents on the spandrel glass.
Inside, both towers are progressing towards a previously stated goal of opening to tenants this spring. Installation of kitchen and bath appliances and cabinetry is ongoing, as well as floor installation and painting of walls throughout.