October 2008 marked the ground breaking of 2 Gotham Center, the first phase of this 3.5-million-square-foot, mixed-use development in the heart of Queens. The project replaces the decaying Queens Plaza Municipal Parking Garage.
2 Gotham Center is a $316 million, 662,000-square-foot, 21-story tower on the corner of Queens Plaza and 28th Street that will include approximately 9,400 square feet of ground-floor retail space and approximately 180 parking spaces. Plus, the project will create about 1,400 construction jobs.
The tower will be home to the City’s Health Department. This state-of-the-art facility will increase the Department’s operational efficiencies by consolidating units that are now dispersed throughout the City.
Locating many of the Health Department’s non-field-based staff in the building is in concert with the City’s goal of bringing agency headquarters under one roof for both increased efficiencies and an improved work environment. The relocation of the Health Department employees is expected to be complete in late 2011.
Gotham Center will bring new economic activity to Long Island City, the gateway to Queens, helping to create a vibrant community and improving the quality of life.