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What ’s Going Up On Beach 113th?
By Dan Guarino
Besides the increasing
colorful murals on plywood
going up around it, there is
a lot going on on the cor-
ner of Beach 113th Street
and Rockaway Beach Boule-
vard. In fact, Rockaway’s Sal
LoPizzo and his partners are
looking to creatively trans-
form the whole area.
Until now the corner has
been dominated by a large,
old rambling and largely
empty three story house.
Left in battered condition
after Hurricane Sandy, it
marked a largely lagging
center point between bus-
tling 116th Street and the up
and coming Beach 80’s and
90’s.
“I know, I am here,” LoPiz-
zo told the Rockaway Times.
“I live on the block. I live on
113th.”
Pointing to the house he
said, “We’re tearing it down
in January.” In its place will
be a brand new state of the
art building designed for
resilience and Rockaway.
“It will be what’s called a
‘passive house.’ That is, it
produces more power than
it uses. It will be totally
self-sustaining, with solar
power and a wind turbine
on the roof.”
The new sleek structure
will have six apartment
units. There will also be re-
tail space. To solve an on-
going area problem, it will
have parking below it, com-
plete with car charging sta-
tions.
Built on one story sup-
ports, it is designed to with-
stand any future storms like
Sandy. With all operating
essentials built in above
the lower ‘sacrificial’ levels,
and generating its own in-
dependent power, it can re-
main self-sustaining during
and after such a storm.
It will also be designed,
inside and out, to make
maximum use of the energy
it produces. Through a new
sealed air exchange system
it will retain the heat it pro-
duces in winter and hold
onto its cool air in summer.
In fact through this and oth-
er design features, it will use
up to 90 percent less energy
than a conventional build-
ing.
“It’s going to be a proto-
type. We want to show peo-
ple in Rockaway what can be
done,” LoPizzo said.
A longtime resident and
community activist, LoPiz-
zo is a partner in a compa-
ny called Producktif. A de-
sign studio and think tank,
Continued on page 36
Sal LoPizzo and artist/collaborator Victoria Barber (Photo by Dan Guarino)