It isn’t just the former Joe Abbracciamento Restaurant that the wrecking ball made reservations with. The handful of small businesses occupying the north side of the building adjacent to the shuttered eatery are facing demolition, as well.
As reported last week by the Chronicle, half of the building owned by John Abbracciamento, located at 62-96 Woodhaven Blvd. in Rego Park, was set to be demolished.
But according to an application approved by the Department of Buildings on April 9, the entire lot, featuring six small businesses, has been green-lighted for demolition to make way for a planned seven-story, 114-unit apartment complex.
The owners of at least three of the shops residing within the building said they were not made aware of the demolition applications by Abbracciamento, who is in the process of selling the block, including A Dog’s Best Friend, co-owned by Ilana Shilim and her daughter, Kathy.
“No one ever told us anything,” the younger Shilim said.
That sentiment was echoed by an employee at Classic Hair Designers next door, who said the salon was informed of the approved demolition by customers who came in and asked about it.
The Shilims are planning on relocating their business down the street because of the uncertainty surrounding the building.