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The often quoted $72M restoration cost estimate for an existing structure does not seem to add up considering that an NHL size iceskate rink with an Olympic size swimming pool built on top, also with a cable supported roof, could be built from scratch in the same park for $66M.4 months ago
You don't have to worry about campaign contributions from the RKO "developer" buying influence if he can't even pay his property tax. The somewhat misunderstood and misquoted question pointed out that there is far more value surviving in the theatre than just the foyer that would be demolished for a 357 unit apartment building.
Aug 29, 2013
There is no FAA "cursory" inspection; the original filing, was submitted as 163' and was determined in the 2003-AEA-587-OE FAA obstruction evaluation report as follows: "Any height exceeding 163 feet above ground level (196 feet above mean sea level), will result in a substantial adverse effect and would warrant a Determination of Hazard to Air Navigation".
The developer has responded with an after the fact filing by making the building 1 foot lower at 162 feet, as if this makes a substantial adverse effect a slightly better adverse effect. However the FAA just ruled, on 8/9/11, that a proposed building right behind the RKO, further from Laguardia, had an adverse effect at 195'. The developer has already been granted waivers for zoning, floor area ratio, density, set back and height. He has repeatedly cited FAA approval at both CB7 and the BSA when in fact there a determination of hazard; more than a minor misrepresentation. Now you have no sprinklers in a landmark threatened by what was de-landmarked by a defunct Board of Estimate in a process that can only be described as "demolition by neglect". One would think community safety would take priority, zoning law followed and landmarks protected.Aug 19, 2011