Flushing’s RKO Keith’s to Become Condos
FLUSHING, NY — Boymelgreen Developers, who bought the RKO Keith’s in 2002 from developer Tommy Huang, will demolish the theater and build a 19-story mixed-use tower on the site called RKO Plaza.
According to a report, entitled Place of Escape May Survive, Behind Glass (reg. required), which appeared in Wednesday’s New York Times, Huang had previously demolished part of the auditorium and had allowed 200 gallons of heating oil to leak into the building. The proposed development would include 250 condominium apartments, restaurants, retail, a senior citizens center, and a 260-space parking garage.
The lobby, which is landmarked, would be preserved behind a 45,000 pound, 50' high, 100' wide glass curtain wall on the proposed building’s frontage on Northern Boulevard; architectural appointments salvaged from the theater would be displayed in an exhibit in the new building.