BY JON CRONIN
The former Joe Abbracciamento restaurant at 62-82 Woodhaven Blvd. has existed in limbo for more than two years after being sold in 2014.
The site, which exists between 63rd Avenue and 62nd Drive, included the former restaurant and several other stores. It initially sold for approximately $8 million to a California-based firm owned by Daniel Shalom and run by Keystone Management. Last year the property was sold again for $10.8 million to a company named 62-98 Realty LLC, which online documents record as being created on Oct. 31, 2014, and whose address, according to a Google search, is a residential home on Poplar Avenue in Flushing.
According to documents from the City Department of Finance, the sale went into contract on Oct. 28, 2014 and the date of the final sale was Feb. 6, 2015. Their grantor was listed as Woodhaven Capital LLC, and the member signing was Shibber Kahn. The member signing for 62-98 Realty LLC was Aiyun Chen.
Gary Giordano, District Manager of Community Board 5, said they know the lot as 84-47 63rd Ave., block 2977, lot 22. He said there are still plans on file for a seven story apartment building with 119 dwelling units.
He said the plans are filed with the name The Nyron Hall Engineering services, 86-22 Broadway, Elmhurst, with the phone number 718-204-0300, but the operator at that location announces that they are the Criterion Group, a company owned by Shibber Khan. The operator stated that she would not speak to the press and no one at that location would.
Bob Holden, Chairman of the Juniper Park Civic Association, said that he wished they could have downzoned that area when they were changing the zones in the early 2000s.
According to the NYC Department of Buildings website, an application was filed on Dec. 14, 2015 for a “Mechanical means equipment permit filed in conjunction with demolition and fence application,” but no physical action can be seen from the street on the property at this time.
Joe Abbracciamento Restaurant closed in March in 2014 after 65 years of service to the community and soon after the family sold the entire lot.
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