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ENB - Region 2 Notices 5/4/2011

Notice of Acceptance of Final EIS

Kings County (Brooklyn) - The New York City Deputy Mayor of Economic Development, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Kings Theatre. The action involves the restoration and expansion of the currently vacant Kings Theatre. The existing theatre was designed by C.W. and George Rapp Architects and originally built in 1929 as a motion picture venue with a seating capacity of approximately 3,600. The existing theatre would be restored, expanded, and modernized, with the majority of the expansion to occur in the theatre's stagehouse and back-of-house facilities so that live theatrical presentations can be accommodated. The renovation and expansion would result in an increase in the total square footage from 66,230 square feet to approximately 101,970 square feet; the seating capacity would remain similar to the existing theatre with up to approximately 3,600 seats. The project requires approval from the New York City Planning Commission to modify a previously approved Amendment to the City Map to allow the demapping of a portion of East 22nd Street between Tilden Avenue and Duryea Place, nomination of the Kings Theatre to the State and National Registers (S/NR) of Historic Places, approval by the Mayor and Borough Board pursuant to Section 384(b)(4) of the City Charter and approval by the City's Office of Management and Budget for the grant of approximately $50 million as is required in capital funds for the restoration of the theatre. In addition, the project is seeking a New York Economic Development Capital Assistance Program (NYEDCP) Grant, which is processed by the New York State Dormitory Authority State of New York (DASNY) on behalf of the New York State Legislature. The project is located at 1027 Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, New York City, New York.

Contact: Robert Holbrook, New York City Economic Development, 110 Williams Street, New York, NY 10038, Phone: (212) 312-3706, E-mail: rholbrook@nycedc.com.

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