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Work Permits Granted for Leviton, Scobee Diner Sites

CB 11's district manager says city's Board of Standards and Appeals has granted permits for long-vacant locales.

The city’s Board of Standards and Appeals has granted permits for two long-vacant sites in Little Neck, Community Board 11’s district manager said.

Permits have been approved for a watch manufacturer to move its headquarters into the former Leviton site along Little Neck Parkway and for a complex to be constructed at the former Scobee Diner site.

Susan Seinfeld, CB 11’s district manager, said that E. Gluck Corp., a watch manufacturer based in Long Island City, has been given the go-ahead to begin work at the Little Neck Parkway locale that previously housed Leviton, which manufactured electrical wiring devices and motion sensors.

“They’ll add foundation work and add an extension on one of the buildings,” Seinfeld said. “There will also be some interior changes.”

She said she was not sure when E. Gluck Corp., which makes Armitron watches as well as a number of other licensed brands, would open its headquarters in Little Neck.

The Leviton site has been vacant for more than four years.

Previously, the Leviton site had been eyed as a potential site for a new District 26 high school, but the city’s School Construction Authority eventually nixed the locale.

A permit has also been granted for the former Scobee Diner on Northern Boulevard, where a complex is planned that will house a bank on its first floor and a dentist’s office on the second floor.

The popular diner closed for business in November 2010.

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