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What's Next for the RKO Flushing Keith? Is the Place Toast?
The preservationist stated in his latest Facebook posting on the sister of Huntington's Keith Albee that: "Liz Rhoades, Managing Editor of the Queens Chronicle characterized this as "preliminary work" for the concept undulating glass wall with unaffordable condos, when in reality the only thing approved is to clean up the mess left by developers and only because they were compelled to do so by the NYC Landmarks Commission."
Based on the restrictions of the permit, his interpretation would appear to trump that of the Queens Chronicle. They quoted the developer as hoping to begin work on the 17 story auditorium condo replacement in 2015. The permit acknowledges the landmark status. It indicates no use change.
The deteriorated theater has been a struck in a demolition by neglect scenario since an unconstitutional commission stripped the landmark status from the auditorium portion. Eventually, the US Supreme Court remanded the case and the involved official committed suicide. Since then, no "angels" have come forth with renovation plans, only plans that destroy the building.
Kellberg wrote a book illustrating it with photos of the decay inside the RKO. His point --- to counter a massive press brainwash that has stated that the interior is totally destroyed and no rehabilitation is possible.
|NYC Department of Buildings|
|Work Permit Data|
|Premises: 135-29 NORTHERN BOULEVARD QUEENS||Filed At: 135-35 NORTHERN BLVD QUEENS|
|BIN: 4112123 Block: 4958 Lot: 48||Job Type: A3 - ALTERATION TYPE 3|
|CONCRETE WORK NOT AUTHORIZED - CONCRETE PLACEMENT, FORMWORK, STEEL REINFORCING NOT PERMITTED|
Printable (PDF) version of this Permit
|Seq. No.:||01||Filing Date:||04/22/2014 INITIAL||Status:||ISSUED|
|Work:||Proposed Job Start:||04/22/2014||Work Approved:||04/22/2014|
|ALTERATION TYPE 3 - GEN. CONSTR.|
|REMOVE FREE-STANDING WOOD FRAMING BETWEEN TICKET LOBBY AND VESTIBULE,A TEMPORARY|
|PLYWOOD OFFICE SHED AND RELATED DEBRIS, AND ALSO SEVERLY DETERIORATED SECTIONS|
|OF THE PLASTER CEILING OF THE GRAND FOYER AS LANDMARK APPROVAL. NO CHANGE IN|
|USE, EGRESS OR OCCUPANCY.|
|Use:||COM - COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS - OLD CODE||Landmark:||YES||Stories:||3|
|Review is requested under Building Code: Prior-to-1968|
|Adding more than three stories: No|
|Removing one or more stories: No|
|Performing work in 50% or more of the area of the building: No|
|Demolishing 50% or more of the area of the building: No|
|Performing a vertical or horizontal enlargement adding more than 25% of the area of the building: No|
|Mechanical equipment other than handheld devices to be used for demolition or removal of debris to be used: No|
|Approved work includes concrete: No|
|Concrete work has been completed: No|
|Requesting concrete exclusion now: No|
|Work includes 2,000 cubic yards or more of concrete: No|
- Certificate of Occupancy (198.6 KB)