It looks like Dumbo might be getting another grocery store, thanks to Two Trees.
The parking garage at 66 Front Street — formerly a Park Kwik that, according to their website, did not give a parking discount to Two Trees employees — will be converted into a ground-level grocery store, according to DOB permits.
A rendering posted on the construction fence reveals a modern masonry building with a street-facing storefront mostly of glass, with a few tables outside, presumably for light eating. A screen over part of the front will cut down on direct sunlight blinding customers.
A logo on the front, which says Dumbo Market, bears a striking resemblance to the font and color scheme of Westside Market, the popular Manhattan-based grocery chain, but it is probably just conceptual and does not refer to an actual tenant.
Two Trees did not respond to a request for comment.
The firm behind the design is dencityworks, established in 2016 and, like Two Trees, based in Dumbo.
Dumbo has two fairly sizable grocery stores, Foragers and Peas and Pickles.
If you’re wondering why Two Trees, which famously developed Dumbo into a residential area, is keeping the grocery structure at one story — the property has no lack of excess FAR — look no further than the condo next door at 70 Washington, which Two Trees developed more than a decade ago. The condo building has a “perpetual easement for light and air” on the parking lot’s property, which prevents Two Trees from building a finger building there.
Next door at 30 Front Street is a Jehovah’s Witnesses-owned 52,171-square-foot parking lot, one of the last empty lots they own in Brooklyn, where they once held a massive real estate portfolio. The lot went up for sale this summer.
Update: This story was originally published at 9 am on Monday, November 13. According to a press release from Two Trees released Thursday, November 16, the grocery store at 66 Front Street will, in fact, be called Dumbo Market. The 16,000 square foot market will be owned and operated by the family who owns Brooklyn Harvest Market in Williamsburg. There will also be parking and “accessory residential terraces” on the roof, according to the DOB permit, presumably for the condos next door at 70 Washington Street.
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