Sunday, January 11, 2009

Seville Diner to become catering hall?

From the Times Ledger:

[CB11] also discussed a proposal for the transformation of Douglaston’s former Seville Diner, which closed early last fall, into a catering hall and restaurant. The project would add a second floor to the existing building.

“We’re afraid if the property becomes a two−story building, then every other property that comes along with have two stories,” said Joseph Sollano, chairman of the zoning committee.

CB 11 District Manager Susan Seinfeld said there is currently no application for the project, but that the Flushing−based developer, who also owns Bayside’s Sem Won Gahk Restaurant, has met with the board and Councilman Tony Avella (D−Bayside). The second−floor addition would not increase the building’s footprint, she said.

The developer wants to put a restaurant on the building’s first floor and a catering hall on the second floor, Seinfeld said. She said the project would retain the site’s 115 parking spots and possibly add a few valet spots.

Seinfeld said the developer must first apply to the city Board of Standards and Appeals. She said she expects the project to officially come before CB 11 within a few months.

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