Score one more for Long Island City and its transformation from gritty factory town into a live, work and play neighborhood.
A long vacant building at 30-30 Northern Blvd., now just a concrete shell, will become a seven-story commercial complex by this time next year, according to the project’s developer.
And a university campus could also be there in five years.
Alma Realty has begun gutting the building and plans to add two stories and complete a new 270,000-square-foot structure by early 2013. Plans also call for a rooftop terrace and for the building to be Gold LEED-certified, a coveted badge of eco-friendliness.
The building would be the latest addition to the growing area, which recently welcomed JetBlue employees after the company relocated its headquarters from Forest Hills to Queens Plaza.
“This is an opportunity to impact the neighborhood in a positive way,” said Alma Realty Project Director George Valiotis. “We really believe in this