Community Board Five’s Zoning and Land Use Review Committee turned down a proposal for a 600-person liquor license at the Knockdown Center on Flushing Avenue, reports Queens Chronicle. That doesn’t come as a surprise considering the community’s vocal opposition to the plan. The Knockdown owners had applied for temporary permits to host events, but they reached the city’s limit of four temporary permits per 12 contiguous months. Board members expressed concern that the building does not have a certificate of occupancy, and the DOB already denied plans to convert the building into a place of assembly. According to the manager of the Knockdown Center, “We can get a liquor license approved while waiting for a certificate of occupancy, but the liquor license will not be given to us until we receive the certificate of occupancy.” The Knockdown owners tried to convince the board that the area has sufficient parking, security and temporary permits to run events smoothly. Regardless, the board made an advisory vote against the proposal, and now the final decision is up to the State Liquor Authority.
CB 5 Opposes Knockdown Center [Queens Chronicle]
Maspeth Community Resists Liquor License for the Knockdown Center [Q'Stoner]
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