The new owner of the shuttered Ridgewood Theater has filed to enlarge and convert the landmark building into mixed commercial and residential occupancy, with ground floor retail and 40 dwelling units. The proposed work, which would roughly double the floor area of the existing building to 44,500 square feet, was oddly filed as a new building application:
Proposed conversion of exist movie theater into mixed use commercial/residential building, including construction of new floors within existing shell & minor vertical enlargement. NB application is filed due to extend of the work, however existing 3 story entry portion & all existing walls & existing foundations at theater portion will remain.The Times Newsweekly reported last month that the theater had been purchased by Bushburg Properties, a Borough Park company that also owns The Loom and 385 Troutman (a residential conversion under the expanded loft law).
The Architect for the theater conversion is Nataliya Donskoy, a Robert Scarano alum who is not known for contextual alterations.