By Katie McFadden
The landscape of Rockaway continues to change. Earlier this week, one of the last beachfront homes in Rockaway Park, 130 Beach 120th Street, was demolished to make way for a multi-residence building.
According to city property records, the three-story home sold for $4.5 million in early 2022. By April 2022, the new owner, Dennis Druzhinsky under the 130 Beach 120 Rockaway LLC, filed for permits for an eight-story residential building. Online searches show Druzhinsky is a young south Brooklyn-based tennis player who followed in his father’s footsteps into the real estate world.
According to New York Yimby, the proposed building is an “80-foot-tall development with 33,834 square feet designated for residential space. The building will have 40 residences, most likely rentals based on the average unit scope of 845 square feet. The concrete-based structure will also have a cellar and 12 enclosed parking spaces.” Michael Muroff Architect is named as the architect for the project, the same architect building the “Surf Houses” at 183 Beach 101st Street and 163 Beach 96th Street.
A demolition permit was filed on August 2, 2022, and was approved on February 2, 2023. No time was wasted, as by Tuesday, February 14, the entire home was gone.
The owner did not need any zoning changes for this property as the area is already zoned R7A, which allows for residential buildings up to nine stories to be built, so the proposal did not have to go through the ULURP process.
Real estate production website Nova mentions the property along with possible renderings of what’s to come: https://novaae.com/130b120
Photos by James Supple.