Astroland to close Sunday

September 04, 2008 04:43PM

The owner of the Astroland Amusement Park at Coney Island said today it will close permanently on Sunday, citing its inability to sign a new lease with developer Joe Sitt of Thor Equities.

Thor wants to redevelop the waterfront neighborhood, which the city is eying for a major rezoning.

The president of the Coney Island Development Corporation, Lynn Kelly, said in a statement that the announced shuttering should spur all involved to act.

“Today’s announcement that Astroland will close after 46 years should be a serious wake-up call to those who have stood back and watched as the fate of Coney Island has been left in limbo without any safeguards for its future,” she said.

“This further underscores the need for the City’s comprehensive rezoning plan as the only hope for preserving the amusement area and bringing the necessary jobs, infrastructure and affordable housing to the neighborhood.”

The Post had previously reported that Astroland would close on Sunday. TRD