It looks like an old Coney Island landmark is going to be brought back from the dead sooner than anyone anticipated. The old Childs Restaurant building is part of a significant number of properties that will be developed by Taconic Investment Partners, which has gone about its Coney Island strategy much more quietly than another player on the local scene. The developer told a panel at the Municipal Art Society last night attended by Coney blogger Kinetic Carnival that they are already clearing out the building and could have some temporary tenants in the space before the end of the summer. They even hinted they might open the building during the Mermaid Parade in a couple of weeks. The final goal is a "marquee food operation with restaurant and catering" and a roof that will be "a perfect place for a grand wedding overlooking the ocean and Coney Island." Taconic has actually spent more than $100 million buying up land around the Childs building and is planning a development of up to 5 million square feet.
· Childs Restaurant to House Temporary Businesses [Kinetic Carnival]
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