Development group pays $13M for LIC site


United Construction & Development Group founder Chris Xu
has acquired a Long Island City development site for $13 million.

Highcap Group announced Xu and a group of development
partners acquired 46-30 21st Street from the longtime family owners in an all-cash

Rodney Nassimian and Josh Goldflam of Highcap Group brokered
the sale on behalf of the family which had owned the property for nearly 50
years and was looking to retire from the real estate business.

The 100 by 100 ft. property is situated at the corner of 21st Street and 46th Road has multiple addresses of record, from 46-28 and 46-30 21st Street to 11-50 to 11-58 46th Road. It is currently houses a two-story warehouse building with 12,500 s/f of existing space and was delivered vacant.

 The site is adjacent to
The Jackson condominium developed by Charney Construction and Ascent
Development and and sits on a diagonal caddy corner which enables the property
to get full light and air from the wide Jackson Avenue. The property has views
of Manhattan and easy access to the entrance/exit of the Long Island Expressway
and the Midtown Tunnel into Manhattan.

The property has R7X / C1-5 zoning with an FAR of 5 which could yield a developer approximately 47,000 s/f of development rights for a residential or commercial building.


Goldflam said the buyer is a group of developers led by Xu. He said the sale price of $277 per buildable square foot underscores the fundamental strength of prime corner Long Island City development properties.

“A temporary pandemic doesn’t stand in the way of long term
plans, and the condo and rental markets in Long Island City have been holding
up very well considering we are still in the middle of a pandemic,” said

“Corner sites off Jackson Avenue don’t really exist anymore, and the buyer wisely jumped on this under the radar opportunity that has been owned by the same family for 50 years.


Nassimian added: “We worked on this property off market for
well over a year at a much higher price point, when the market was in a much
better position. When the family recently decided that they would take a
discount for a year-end closing, we were able to deliver them a very well-qualified
buyer from contract to close at market pricing within 45 days.”

Chris Jiashu Xu is a Chinese-American real estate developer
and founder of United Construction & Development Group, through which he is
currently developing Skyline Tower, the tallest skyscraper in Queens, New York

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