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Watch Manufacturer to Move Into Former Leviton Site

CB 11's Jerry Iannece says that Long Island City-based company will move into long-vacant Little Neck site.

A watch manufacturer is planning to move its headquarters from its current western Queens locale to Little Neck’s long-vacant Leviton site.

E. Gluck Corp., which is based in Long Island City, has leased the former Leviton site, located on Little Neck Parkway, Community Board 11 Chairman Jerry Iannece said.

“It’s pretty much a done deal and it’s being done as-of-right,” Iannece said. “We were contacted several months ago by a consulting firm that wanted to do a sit down with the community board to explain what they were doing.”

Iannece said the meeting never occurred, but that E. Gluck Corp. met with state Sen. Tony Avella, D-Bayside, and state Assemblyman Edward Braunstein, D-Bayside.

E. Gluck Corp. could not be reached for comment.

“It will be done within the footprint of the existing building,” Iannece said of the watch manufacturer’s move into the former Leviton site. “There’s some minor remediation that has to be done, but there’s no word on the timeline.”

Previously, the Leviton site had been eyed as a potential site for a new District 26 high school, but the city’s School Construction Authority eventually nixed the locale.

Leviton, which manufactured electrical wiring devices and motion sensors, moved its headquarters to Melville, LI in 2009. Its former site on Little Neck Parkway has remained vacant for the past four years.

Gluck makes Armitron watches and a number of licensed brands, such as Anne Klein and Nine West.

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