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Opposition Developing to Expensive New Coney Ampitheater

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It looks like there is some opposition to building a the $64 million outdoor ampitheater and Jones Beach-like concert facility in Coney Island championed by Borough President Marty Markowitz. The facility would be next to buildings housing thousands and fill much of Asser-Levy Park. The cost has gone from an original $40 million to $64 million and people are also questioning price tag given city budget troubles. A flier handed out at Wednesday night's Municipal Art Society meeting in Coney pointed out the facility would be ten stories tall, produce a 12-foot-high wall on Surf Avenue and reduce open space. The flier refers to the project as "an atrocity" and promises a "town hall" meeting soon. The venue is supposed to be designed by prestigious Grimshaw Architects, but then again, the Atlantic Yards arena was supposed to be designed by Frank Gehry and there seems to be some question about that now. (Rumors that the value engineered new choice is Robert Scarano are untrue.) Opponents also point out that KeySpan Park is available for really big concerts many nights during the summer. One of the groups opposing the plan is NYC Park Advocates. In the meantime, as has been expected for weeks, the public review of the city's rezoning plan is expected to start next week.
· Monday Coney Island #2: $64 Million of Music & Climbing [Curbed]
· Opposition to Markowitz Coney Ampitheater Building? [Gowanus Lounge]
· City Slated to Launch Coney Island Redo [TRE]