Will Sunset Park Get a Big Box Retail Center?


    This could be a game changer for Sunset Park. The 1.1-million-square-foot Federal Building No. 2, located on 3rd Avenue, may make way for big box retail. According to DNAinfo, the building owner, Salmar Properties LLC (which bought the build from the city for $10 million in August of 2011), asked Community Board 7 for a variance last night to waive the space restriction on retail use. They plan to dedicate 180,000 square feet of the building to retail. Bed Bath & Beyond, Burlington Coat Factory and Micro Center have all expressed interest. Meanwhile, the owner is investing $35 million for building repairs, and BrightFarms is setting up the world’s largest rooftop farm here. The retail space should be ready by the summer of 2013, the rooftop farm by early 2013. We didn’t make it out last night to the CB7 meeting, does anyone know how the variance request played out?
    Big-Box Retailers Eyeing Sunset Park [DNA Info]
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