Saturday, September 3, 2016

Spare landmark, build on empty lot

From Brooklyn Daily:

Sunset Parkers want the city to arrest its plan to level the landmarked former 68th Precinct station house on Fourth avenue and build a school there — instead suggesting it erect classrooms on a parking lot for sale around the corner.

Preservation group Sunset Park Restoration penned a letter to the School Construction Authority on Aug. 25 proposing it use the carpark on the corner of 44th Street and Third Avenue as an alternative, because knocking over the castle-like landmark would be a great loss for the community, according to the group’s leader.

“There are alternatives that don’t involve loosing our crown jewel. That’s what’s so staggering to me,” said Tony Giordano, the executive director of the Sunset Park Restoration.

The landmark’s owner paid $6 million for the property last year, and Giordano assumes the city would pay as much — plus demolition costs — so it should instead save the dough and buy the empty lot, which is listed on commercial real estate website for $2 million, Giordano said.

1 comment:

Jerry Rotondi said...

This is REBNY New York with, yet another mayor who doesn't give a damn about historic sites outside of the Manhattan tourist corridor.
If it's in the outer boroughs it doesn't matter. Coupled with this , you have the LPC dancing to the tunes of De Blasio and REBNY.
The real estate industry runs this city through its purchase of politicians by lucrative contributions to their campaigns.

Good luck to you. Keep focused. Turn the heat on! Pull out every stop you can into getting what you want.
I speak from experience, having done the same since 1986.
A portion of the Keith's is still standing as a partial interior municipal landmark.

Jerry Rotondi,
for the Committee To Save The RKO Keith's Theatre of Flushing Inc.