The first preliminary renderings have been revealed of the planned mixed-use commercial conversion of the eight-story, 115,000-square-foot Coney Island Theater Building (a.k.a. Shore Theater), an individual landmark at 1301 Surf Avenue, located on the corner of Stillwell Avenue on Coney Island. PYE Properties currently plans to transform the property into retail space and a hotel, while restoring the existing theater, which has been rapidly deteriorating, to an entertainment venue, Brooklyn Daily reported. Office and community space may also be included, depending on the tenants that show interest. Alteration permits haven’t yet been filed with the Buildings Department. Since the building is a landmark, the Landmarks Preservation Commission must approved any exterior alterations. PYE acquired the Shore Theater in January for $20 million. The Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue stop on the D/F and N/Q trains is across the street.
The largest cathedral in the world is in Manhattan, but is not a city landmark. That could soon change. On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission voted to calendar a public hearing on the designation of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine.
On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission held public hearings on six proposed designations. One was for a complex in East New York, Brooklyn and the latter five were for properties in Midtown East.
Adrian Devenyi, doing business as an anonymous Long Island-based LLC, has filed applications for a four-story, single-family townhouse at 311 Vanderbilt Avenue, in Clinton Hill. The structure will measure 8,975 square feet, of which 5,618 square feet will be utilized as livable residential space. The townhouse will include a fitness center, a laundry room, and storage space in the cellar, followed by a single-car garage on the ground floor. Residential space will fill the rest of the ground floor and the second through fourth floors. The structure will be topped by a roof terrace and solar panel equipment. Brooklyn-based Ramona Albert Architecture is the architect of record. The 15-foot-wide, 2,730-square-foot block-thru lot is vacant on the Vanderbilt Avenue side, but occupied by a three-story townhouse on the other side at 312 Clinton Avenue. The property sits within the Clinton Hill Historic District, which means the Landmarks Preservation Commission must approve the new building’s design.
In 2006, a doctor involved in a bitter divorce destroyed his four-story townhouse on the Upper East Side. The explosion also killed the doctor, earning him the nickname “Dr. Boom.” Now, there is a new approved proposal for what will fill the vacant lot.