Grand plans to transform a shuttered Rockaway firehouse into a cultural
and environmental center have been stymied by bureaucratic red tape,
according to the group selected by the city to purchase the site.
The Rockaway Waterfront Alliance beat out other groups in 2009 for the
right to purchase the decommissioned Engine Co. 265 Ladder 121 firehouse
at Beach 59th St.
It seemed like a sweet deal. The purchase price for the 7,200-square-foot building was $1.
But the nonprofit group said they never expected the approvals and
paperwork needed to seal the deal would move at such a glacial pace.
“We thought we would go through ULURP and be on our way,” said Jeanne
DuPont, executive director of the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance,
referring to the Uniform Land Use Review Process.
DuPont said the group laid out about $200,000 for architectural
drawings, site surveys, construction documents and environmental
They are hoping to be reimbursed with promised grants.
“The grants won’t be released until we own the building,” she said. “We’re building debt and going into dangerous waters.”