Plans for Ridgewood Theater Approved

Staff Writer

Plans are moving forward to turn the historic Ridgewood Theater into apartments.

According to records filed on the Dept. of Buildings website, plans were approved last week for part of the former theater to be converted to 50 apartment units.

More than 37,000-square-feet in the five-story building will be used for the apartments, leaving more than 13,000 for another use, according to the records.

There has been no information released about the use of the rest of the space.

Ted Renz, who runs the Myrtle Avenue Business Improvement District, said they have met with the owners, Bushberg Realty and they hope to see it turned into a cultural or entertainment space that the neighborhood can enjoy.

He said it would fit in with the character and history of the theater.

“We don’t need another drug store or 99 cent store. We have enough of those,” Renz said.

He said the BID was given a $15,000 business attraction grant, to work on bringing diverse establishments to Myrtle Avenue and the organization hopes part of that will be used towards that site.

Renz said he has not seen the site plans yet, but they will continue working with the owners until a decision is made.

Much of the building will be renovated, except for the theater’s exterior, which is an official New York City Landmark.

Bushberg did not return phone calls requesting comments by press time.

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