The Knockdown Center saga has come to an end, at least for now. After vocal opposition from Maspeth residents and local pols in regards to the warehouse receiving a liquor license, the State Liquor Authority denied the application of the Knockdown Center. The Queens Chronicle reports that the SLA cited “overwhelming community opposition to the venue… as the main reason for denial.” The arts venue, which operates out of a former glass factory on Flushing Avenue, hd previously secured temporary permits for events, but the owners were hoping to turn the warehouse into a permanent place of assembly.
The building owners reduced their proposed occupancy from 5,000 to 3,100, but that did not quiet community opposition. The Center hasn’t got any love from the Department of Buildings, either: earlier this spring the DOB revoked permits for an interior renovation here, and denied a plan to convert the space into a “Place of Assembly.”
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