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$2.6 million renovation of MLK Park casino almost done

The casino at Martin Luther King Jr. Park off Humboldt Parkway is in the final stages of a $2.6 million renovation.

This last phase includes installing a new wood door and wood windows that match the original 1926 portals to maintain the historic design. A new brick and stone stairway will be built to match the original stairway that had been demolished. And a new elevator and a concession stand on the first floor will be added.

The casino is expected to be up and running by mid-June to early July, said Mayor Byron W. Brown.

The ongoing renovations started about seven or eight years ago. The first phase focused on the building’s exterior and involved a new insulated roof, brickwork and the restoration of existing wood windows. New wood doors also were installed on the side of the building that faces the outdoor splash pad. Asbestos and lead paint also were removed.

Phase two used New York State Dormitory funds to create first-floor space for new programs, a community gathering space, storage room for ice skating at the splash pad, two offices, a conference room and a restroom. A wheelchair ramp was installed, as well.

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