Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. is proposing to redevelop the Orchard Beach pavilion, an individual landmark, that currently serves as the focal point for Pelham Bay Park, in the East Bronx. The structure, which was completed in 1936, would be transformed to allow for more event space, food concessions and retail space, according to The Real Deal. Nearby the pavilion, the park includes picnic areas, the Pelican Bay Playground, and a beachfront. The pavilion portion of the project is being estimated to cost $40 million, although plans have been in the works for some time to upgrade the rest of the beach, which could cost up to $200 million in total. Diaz has designated $10 million in capital toward the project. The Landmarks Preservation Commission would have to approve any alterations to the Orchard Beach pavilion.
In 2013, Jerry Karlik’s JK Equities acquired the RKO Keith’s Theatre, an individual landmark at 135-27 – 135-35 Northern Boulevard in Downtown Flushing, for $30 million. The developer received approval to redevelop the severely dilapidated structure in 2015, but now Karlik is putting the development site back on the market, Crain’s reports. A new developer could build a 16-story, 269-unit mixed-use building with 24,493 and 15,727 square feet of commercial and community facility space, respectively. A buyer could also take advantage of a previously granted tax break. Studio V Architecture was behind JK Equities’ proposal, although a new owner could always choose to design a different building and go back to the Landmarks Preservation Commission for approval. Cushman & Wakefield is marketing the site.
A school already a shining example of adaptive reuse in the city’s first historic district is about to do it again, this time for a much younger group of students. On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation…
Last month, YIMBY reported on applications for JDS Development and Chetrit Group’s planned 73-story, 1,066-foot-tall residential tower at 340 Flatbush Avenue Extension, in Downtown Brooklyn, and now the New York Times has new details on the project, as well as an updated rendering. The tower portion would be connected to the Dime Savings Bank building at 9 DeKalb Avenue, an individual landmark, and would require the demolition of part of the structure. That means the Landmarks Preservation Commission would have to approve alterations to the bank building. The first hearing is scheduled for March 15. The interior of the 97,000-square-foot bank building, which is also an interior landmark, is expected to be transformed into retail space.
In the summer of 2015, iStar Financial and Coney Island USA received the green light to begin renovation work on the dilapidated three-story, 56,300 square-foot Childs Building, an individual landmark, at 3052 West 21st Street, on Coney Island. The building will be anchored by a restaurant but will also have community space and a rooftop terrace. An interconnected 5,000-seat amphitheater is also planned on the adjacent lot. The New York Times now reports construction is finally underway on both the Childs Building and the performance venue, and the amphitheater’s metal framework can be seen taking shape. The complex is expected to be complete later this year. The developer are leasing the land from the city through a 10-year contract.