Friday, January 7, 2011

EDC Looking To Seize 15 Acres Of Brooklyn Nature Preserve For Shopping Mall

The NYC Economic Development Corporation is proposing to take 15 acres of the Four Sparrows Marsh in Mill Basin Brooklyn to build a retail shopping mall. The public park has long been a popular destination for fishing, bird watching, nature lovers, and active recreational uses. A public scoping meeting for the project is scheduled for January 11, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. at the Kings Plaza Community Room (5117 Avenue U) to answer questions and concerns from the public.


by Marina Fridman-Rybner

A new retail project is being proposed on city-owned property near Kings Plaza, and the city is looking for your input.

Four Sparrows Marsh Retail Mall, named after the 67-acre preserve that it will be built on, is a proposed 15-acre development that will expand the existing Toys “R” Us lot at 2875 Flatbush Avenue, according to Sheepshead Bites.

Details of the plan are still being drawn up, according to NYC Economic Development Corporation’s project description, but a key component of the plan includes a commercial building will go on the left side of the existing Toys “R” Us building and will house Kristal Auto Mall, which is moving from it current Kings Highway location. That building will house the dealership, showroom and the service space.

Aside from that, there are two options being considered for the other side of Toys “R” Us. The first is for two commercial structures that will house multiple commercial tenants. The second option is for one large commercial structure that will house one tenant. They’re also planning on-site parking for approximately 820 vehicles.

Nature enthusiasts will find more than just a shopping option in the space, as a nature path will be created with a publicly accessible waterfront open space. However, the trail is both small (400 feet) and placed in only a corner of the marsh, on the far end of the retail center parking lot.

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Sheepshead Bites - Jan 7, 2011 -By Marina Fridman-Rybner

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