2007-08-24 / Community

Work Begins At RDRC's Future Headquarters

An artist's rendering of RDRC's future headquarters, the Renaissance Center, located at 21-17 Mott Avenue. An artist's rendering of RDRC's future headquarters, the Renaissance Center, located at 21-17 Mott Avenue. On a warm Monday morning in mid- July, the Rockaway Development & Revitalization Corporation (RDRC) quietly began work on its future headquarters, located at 21-17 Mott Avenue. Formerly known as the Okane Building, the Renaissance Center will serve as the organization's future headquarters, symbolizing the revitalization of downtown Far Rockaway's commercial, retail and business district. The Renaissance Center will eventually include a locally-owned Dunkin Donuts franchise, community meeting space and commercial space for local professionals.

According to RDRC's Executive Director, Kevin Alexander, "We are elated by the fact that after several false starts we have finally reached this point. There still remains a tremendous amount of work to be done - mainly to continue raising money to reduce the debt service on this $2.8 million capital construction project. However, with the support of an exceptional Building Committee - Linda Plummer, Brian Pinnola and Betty Leon, Esq., I am confident that the community will be pleased with the end result."

"I'm excited that the preliminary work has begun at the RDRC Renaissance Center," stated Brian Pinnola, Senior Director at NAI Long Island and RDRC's Building Committee Chairperson. "This important and significant project in one of the most visible locations in downtown Far Rockaway will be a tremendous boost to the retail and commercial businesses located there.

We hope this project will encourage nearby property and business owners, including the Far Rockaway Shopping Center, to make significant investments by renovating their properties and restoring downtown Far Rockaway to the beautiful place it once was."

For more information about the Renaissance Center, please contact Janet Henriquez, Director of Business & Professional Services at 718-3270-5300 or via e-mail at jhenriquez@rdrc. org.

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