Yesterday, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) broke ground on a $41 million renovation project of the 17-story, 573-unit public housing complex called Surfside Gardens (officially Coney Island I, Sites 4 & 5) at 2947 West 28th Street, on western Coney Island. The project, funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is intended to repair damage sustained during Hurricane Sandy. It will also upgrade the building to better mitigate future storm damage, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported. The entire roof will be replaced, the façade will get a new look, backup power generators and new infrastructure will be installed, outdoor recreational areas will be upgraded, and new security measures will be installed. In addition, the Surfside Community Center will get an extensive renovation. James McCullar Architecture is behind the renovation’s design.
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.
Last week, the open-air Ford Amphitheater on the Coney Island Boardwalk, at 3052 West 21st Street in southern Brooklyn, held its ribbon-cutting ceremony. The 5,000-seat venue debuted its first show, Impractical Jokers, on Friday. Live Nation is operating the amphitheater, according to Crain’s, and the location now serves as the new home of Seaside Summer Concert Series, which hosts free shows during the summer months. The three-story former Childs Restaurant Building, an individual landmark, was renovated and incorporated into the new amphitheater structure. The 90,164-square-foot building will also feature a restaurant on the ground floor and the rooftop, although it’s unclear when that will open. The rest of the property includes 40,000 square feet of public open space. The project is the work of iStar Financial, the nonprofit Coney Island USA, and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC). Gerner, Kronick + Valcarcel (a.k.a. GKV Architects) is the architect of record.
Coney Island-based PYE Properties has filed applications for a two-story, 14,517-square-foot commercial building at 825 Surf Avenue, located on the corner of West 8th Street on Coney Island. According to the Schedule A, the 27-foot-tall building will house an amusement arcade, which will help to revitalize the disinvested and still Hurricane Sandy-damaged amusement park. Frank Martarella III’s Staten Island-based thinkDESIGN Architecture is the architect of record. The 15,369-square-foot lot has 213 feet of street frontage and is positioned right below the West 8th Street-New York Aquarium stop on the F/Q trains. PYE Properties acquired the vacant lot in 2015, according to Amusing The Zillion.
Developer iStar has filed applications for a nine-story, 135-unit supportive housing project at 2002 Surf Avenue, at the corner of West 21st Street on Coney Island, located seven blocks from the Coney Island-Stillwell Av stop on the D/F/N/Q trains. The structure will encompass 118,743 square feet, and will feature 7,815 square feet of ground-floor retail space. The apartments above should average 732 square feet apiece, and amenities listed in the Schedule A include bike storage, a fitness center, a laundry, a community room, an courtyard on the second floor, an a rooftop terrace. Stephen B. Jacobs Group is the architect of record. The developer is ground-leasing the 18,867 square-foot property from the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), according to The Real Deal.