American Lions Secures $95M for Queens Development

The 27-story tower is part of a two-phase, transit-oriented project.

27-01 Jackson Avenue. Image courtesy of American Lions

American Lions LLC—a joint venture between Fetner Properties and the Lions Group—has secured $95 million in construction financing for the development of 27-01 Jackson Ave., a 27-story community in Queens’ Long Island City. Bank Leumi USA, Leumi Partners and Israeli Discount Bank provided the loan.

The building will include 164 units, 30 percent of which will be affordable housing. The development will also offer nearly 10,000 square feet of retail, according to Yardi Matrix data. The community is part of a two-phase project by American Lions, which will include another tower across Jackson Avenue. SLCE Architects is working on both buildings.

The community will be within feet of the Queens Plaza subway station, which serves the E, M and R lines. A large number of dining, retail and entertainment options are available within a 1-mile radius, including SculptureCenter and Foodcellar Market Court Square.

Last year, Lions Group refinanced another tower in Long Island City—the 110-unit One LIC.

While slower to recover after last year’s downturn when compared to inland, more affordable markets, New York City multifamily is now on the rebound. Rents were up 8.3 percent year-over-year through October, according to a recent Yardi Matrix report. Although that is well below the unprecedented 13.7 percent national figure for the same time frame, the rate remains high when looking at the performance of gateway markets over the past decade. 

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