A Fire Island nightclub that burned to the ground last November will be up and running with a modern new design starting in 2013, according the developer FIP Ventures.
“Although the new building will have the same envelope and mix of uses as its predecessor, the similarities end there,” Matthew Blesso, developer and managing partner of FIP Ventures, said.“The Pavilion will be in context with other Pines architecture. It will be made of wood and be modern and casual, yet bold and iconic. It is the first thing visitors see when getting off the ferry, and we’ve envisioned it to be the heart of the Pines community.”
The company owns the club and a number of other commercial properties in the quiet beachfront nieghborhood, a popular summer retreat among the city’s gay community.
Storefronts will be located in the base of the Pavilion, and a set of bleachers at the entrance will act as “a viewing platform, stage, wedding chapel and extended dance floor,” according to the developers.
The club is located right by the ferry that brings hundreds of thousands of visitors and summertime residents to Fire Island every summer.
Construction on the new two-story building, designed by New York architects HWKN (Hollwich Kushner), is scheduled to start as early as June, pending final permitting requirements.
The Town of Brookhaven granted a building variance in February. Blesso and Charles Renfro, of the design firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro, are leading a master planning effort for FIP Ventures’ properties.