2016-08-10 / Features

Honoring Community Wishes, DII Will Preserve Facade

BY ANNETTE HANZE


Those who appreciate the local charm of Astoria are rejoicing, as DII has just released the new design of their addition at 36-01 Broadway. The photorealistic architect’s renderings seen here will be posted on site. Those who appreciate the local charm of Astoria are rejoicing, as DII has just released the new design of their addition at 36-01 Broadway. The photorealistic architect’s renderings seen here will be posted on site. Morris Dweck, the owner of the DII Store at 36-11 Broadway in Astoria, has apprised the Gazette of his progress in the renovations at the building he recently rented next door, 36-01 Broadway, previously occupied by Rite Aid. This building was once occupied by Childs Restaurants, who installed detailed moldings on the exterior fa├žade which “are cherished by the community residents,” explained Mr. Dweck.

Dweck worked intensively with his architect, who has drafted multiple schematic designs in efforts to preserve the moldings.

The revised drawings and rendering of the facade to be preserved at the corner of Broadway and 36th Street in Astoria has been completed. The new design not only preserves the limestone moldings, crest, sea horses, arches, and urns that are now at the top of the facade, but the style will be extended by installing the same limestone into 36-11 for a cohesive, elegant facade.

The architect, Walter Marin, created photorealistic renderings which will also be printed and posted on site, on the wooden shed outside the building.

According to Dweck’s contractor, there was severe deterioration of the support structure holding up the limestone and decorative moldings. Dweck had said, “The safest, fastest, and cheapest solution would have been to remove these elements. But, since we promised to try and preserve these architectural accents, we decided to contact our structural engineer who came, investigated, and drafted structural plans to stabilize the support system with the goal of retaining the limestone and moldings. The goal can be achieved, but of course at great cost.”

Earlier in the process, Dweck had explained, “My company is paying a lot of money to rent this building, and our approach to the rent would have been far different if we had known up front about the community’s wishes. There is a significant financial strain due to the request, and it’s coming out of my pocket. I would like to thank our architect, Mr. Walter Marin, and his team for working hard and fast to prepare these drawings. I would also like to acknowledge the building owner for her cooperation and her guidance in satisfying the requests of the neighborhood.

“We at DII Stores are committed to the local community and residents of Astoria and aspire to meet their wishes to preserve its history and culture. We are confident that our investment of time and money will be rewarded with increased patronage and continued loyalty. DII has been part of the Astoria community for over 35 years, and we look forward to serving Astoria for generations to come,” concluded Dweck.

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