Although Two Trees confirmed last week that the slow-to-materialize Trader Joe’s at Atlantic and Court was all fact, no fiction, we still had no idea why the store was taking so long to become a reality. Now we know: The grocer’s plans had to pass muster with that merry band of preservationists known as the Landmarks Preservation Commission. As it turns out, TJ’s original application to make minor tweaks to the old Independence Bank building was incomplete, but the store submitted additional documentation a few days ago and the LPC green-lighted the application, according to a Landmarks spokesperson. (The biggest alteration to the building involves the installation of an HVAC system on the roof.) Time to put the No-Joe rumors to rest forever? We hope so.
Two Trees: Trader Joe’s Is Still Coming [Brownstoner] GMAP
As new ice skating rinks pop up all over the city, Bed Stuy will not be left out in the cold. The Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation and the Bed-Stuy Gateway Business Improvement District said they hope to reopen a rink at Restoration Plaza that has been shut down for more than 20 years, The Wall […]
Community Board One gave the thumbs up to Two Trees’ innovative Domino proposal last night. The developer already had the right to build a previously approved complex, but scrapped it in favor of an unusual design from SHoP, above, that features taller buildings with views through cutouts and more publicly accessible green space, among other […]
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Today is a big day for the Williamsburg-Greenpoint waterfront. The City Council planned to vote earlier today on the 10-tower Greenpoint Landing complex, and the full board of Community Board One is voting tonight on Two Trees’ Domino proposal. The City Council has set a date of December 19 for its postponed vote on 77 Commercial […]