Local developer PYE Properties has revealed detailed plans to restore and expand the historic Coney Island Shore Theatre into a seven-story commercial venture. Originally completed in 1925, the landmarked property at 1301 Surf Avenue has reportedly sat vacant since 1973.
Designed by Gerner Kronick + Valcarcel Architects, the conversion would establish a new, high-end hotel property. Amenities would include a rooftop pool and spa, an indoor pool and sauna area, a banquet hall, as well as dining areas on the both the interior and exterior of the development.
New retail components are positioned at the property’s southern and eastern boundaries along Surf and Stillwell Avenues.
According to The Falcon Group, the forensic engineering consultants retained to investigate and assess the existing structure, portions of the facade are in great disrepair as a result of poor maintenance in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. While an invasive investigation was not performed on the masonry walls, it was determined that sections of the existing enclosure are both unsafe and compromised by years of heavy moisture infiltration.
Proposals to renovate and replace the current facade at the ground-level include new limestone columns to match existing masonry, a new terra cotta cornice, updated windows to better suit a retail component, and fabric awnings. Using lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy, the developer has also proposed deployable flood barriers to reduce the physical and financial impact of a potential flood.
At the second level, a portion of facade is punctuated by oversized arched windows that will be maintained, but updated with fresh metal and glass elements. Above, the south-facing exterior along Surf Avenue will be mostly refurbished with new brick and window treatments. A majority of the eastern peripheral, however, will be completely replaced with modern materials.
The sixth and seventh floors are perhaps the most ornate levels of the building that will support the penthouse guest room and a new private balcony.
PYE Properties previously stated redevelopment of The Shore Theatre would serve as the “cultural epicenter “of Coney Island offering a selection of live music, theater, and other events. Updated renderings and elevation documents, however, do not reveal dedicated performance areas within the building. The illustrations also do not specify how many guest rooms the new hotel would contain.
There has been no official comment from the developer regarding the anticipated duration of construction or expected completion.