Thursday, January 26, 2012

Rockaway courthouse redevelopment

From The Real Deal:

The New York City Economic Development Corporation issued a request for expressions of interest for the long-vacant Rockaway Courthouse in Queens, in the Hammels section of the Rockaways, according to a statement from the agency today.

The 24,000 square-foot limestone building is close to public transportation and was weather-proofed by the city in 2007, the statement said. The EDC is seeking innovative ideas for the reuse of the structure that are “compatible with the existing neighborhood,” and can “ultimately improve the overall quality of life for the community.”

The site is currently zoned R4-1, which allows for small residential and community uses. Any zoning changes, and the associated costs, would be the responsibility of the user, the statement said. The building is located at 90-01 Beach Channel Drive.


Anonymous said...

How about using it as a court house?

Anonymous said...

Board 14 already approved a medical building in that space at the last meeting. No other offers have been made to rehab the property in years.

FlushingRepresenter said...

Have you ever been to the bookings? Do you see how many people are from the rockaways just from warrants because its so hard for them to get to the court house via car or public transportation.


Anonymous said...

but will it have running water? Water shut off in Hammels due to the ongoing construction. They broke a gas line yesterday, because they are unprofessional subcontractors.
can you smell the pork?

btw, this was supposed to be a museum. what happened to that?

Anonymous said...

They're claiming they weatherproofed it? That's hilarious. It had structural damage on the interior 10 years ago when I had a look around inside.

It's going to need a lot of money to be cleaned up - lead mold and asbestos abatement, fixing up the interior, roof and adding windows. Then adding more windows after the local hooligans break the first set before the place opens.

Anonymous said...

What is it with you people?!
Make it a park! Make it a museum!
Where is this money tree of yours?

And Anon is correct on the rebuild costs. Oh wait, we got that money tree.