It's official. The Pepsi sign which has graced the LIC skyline for the past 72 years is moving for a third time, this time to it's permanent resting place. The sign which originally sat atop the Pepsi bottling plant and was moved to ground level in 2004 with the building of Rockrose's East Coast 1, is moving a couple of hundreds of yards north, so as not to obstruct the view from The View (Rockrose's new condo on the Waterfront). The new foundation will be laid, pilings piled, and then the sign will be moved one letter at a time. Some of the letters may undergo restoration, and the actual letters are set to start moving by mid-September. The entire process should take 6 months.
In other big news on the LIC coast are that plans are in the works for another Rockrose tower on the north end of their Queens West lot, right next to Anabel Basin. The 390 foot tower will have approximately 750 units and will feature even more amenities that East Coast 2 if you can believe it. Such amenities will include beach volleyball, pool, tennis courts, and a natural lawn amphitheater on the roof of the abutting garage. Ground should be broken in January and the project should be complete by Summer 2010. Details are still relatively hard to come by, but I will relay them as soon as they come available.
Update- "The Market", the expansive gourmet supermarket LIC has been waiting for should open between July 31st and the end of August. The Duane Reade is expected to open a couple of weeks later.
Update- "L Haus" condo is expected to open in September with prices around $750-$775 per square foot. There will be a 10,000sf landscaped lawn and patio on the interior portion of the L as well as 5,000sf of indoor amenities including club room, yoga room, meditation center, and media room. Private rooftop cabanas will also be available (for sale).