TKD is proud to be a part of the transformation of the long abandoned RKO Keith Theater in Flushing, Queens. After shuttering its doors in 1984, the building, of which portions of its interior were designated as a landmark, has been through a series of owners, criminal activity, vandalism and general disrepair.
Our client, Xin Development, which purchased the property in 2016, is carefully dismantling the landmarked interiors, which will be restored off site and reinstalled in the new building. The dilapidated eyesore will be replaced with a gleaming residential building, bringing new life and vitality to this block and the Flushing, Queens neighborhood. (An after photo of what this property will look like is viewable on this page.) The theater is surrounded by 21 properties owned by different owners, and TKD has been tasked to negotiate access agreements with each of them so that New York building code required protection can be installed during the demolition and the eventual rebuilding of the property. This complicated series of tasks required court proceedings with five of the neighboring properties. Construction partner Laurie Stanziale is handling the negotiation of the access agreements with assistance from associate Sean Scuderi.