From the Times Ledger:
The federal government has decided that the proposed renovation of the RKO Keith’s Theatre in downtown Flushing would not pose a hazard to planes landing and taking off from LaGuardia Airport.
The Federal Aviation Administration declared the proposed development safe in December, and without any further appeals that declaration will become final at the end of the month.
Developer Patrick Thompson was cleared by the city Board of Standards and Appeals over the summer to build a 162-foot, mixed-use building on Main Street while incorporating the beloved and landmarked RKO Keith’s Theatre lobby into the design.
But on Sept. 23, the FAA issued Thompson’s lawyer, Howard Goldman, a letter saying the structure might interfere with the airport’s safe operation and that an investigation was needed.
That investigation has been concluded by the FAA’s Obstruction Evaluation Group.
On Dec. 13, the group sent a letter to Goldman clearing the proposed development of posing any hazard.