Ok, maybe not the most profound headline, but I think it captures the situation pretty well. Following my post on Best Western buying up adjacent properties on Emmons Ave., a commenter claiming to exclusively represent the seller on the sale of the four lots 3027-3033 Emmons Avenue which include the Cappuccino on the Bay building, wrote in saying that, while the properties had been sold, Best Western was not the owner. Well, Gene Berardelli of the Sheepshead Bay/Plumb Beach Civic Association has done some digging into the matter and, well, to quote from his findings: “The answer is yes… and no.”

The property where Cappuccino on the Bay is located is being purchased by the owner of the Russian Boutique next door. The corporation who was leasing that property was “Hanardi Corporation”. That Corporation also owns 17 & 18 Lake Ave, and is in the process of building a three story building. Construction has been going on for years, one of the reasons being that the Civic has been watching it very closely, and has obtained Stop Work Orders in the past. (Interestingly enough, the DOS no longer has a record of Hanardi Corporation, which doesn’t necessarily mean that it no longer exists, but that there is no longer a record of it in NY State.)

This, according to VERY reliable sources, is the “buyer” of the property, so Mr. Hanson is telling the truth. What isn’t being told is that the “buyer” would then, according to said VERY reliable sources, go into business with the Best Western.

Berardelli also discovered that three of the properties immediately behind the Emmons spaces purchased by the-developer-formerly-known-as-Hanardi have been bought by a Sailesh Gandhi, and the fourth has been approached about selling it. While no relationship is yet confirmed, Berardelli believes Sailesh is the spouse of Sheila Ghandi, the person listed as the managing agent for Emmons Hospitality, LLC, the owner of Best Western. These four properties, combined with the buildings bought by Hanardi, form a square lot large enough to overcome the 3-story zoning restriction, and allow its owners to build up to 5 stories.

Confused yet? According to Berardelli, that’s the point. He believes the collusion between the developers, and the use of different names, was done to throw off the community. “I think it’s because the neighborhood has been very capable watchdogs during the building of the Best Western,” writes Berardelli.

We hope that such intended deception was not the case, but we’ll be keeping an eye on these guys until we know more about what’s going on. [where: 11235] [where: sheepshead bay]

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  • Anonymous

    OK. Where to start?

    1. Owner of Sarai Cafe has bought that vacant land. No plans. Just ask the broker Brian Hanson from Massey Knakal Realty. 718-606-7069.

    2. A skyway over a public street in a special district would never get approved by the Department of Buildings.

    3. Has anyone bothered to ask say, Bait and Tackle or corner deli if anyone called interested in their property?

    And Cappucino on the Bay is moving out. Finally something right! Has anyone bothered to ask him who his new landlord is that is making him move out? Oh, Sarai’s owner. Of course!

    I understand there when there is no news, one creates news. So if anyone thinks that we are stupid, it’s the author of this article!!

  • http://www.sbpbcivic.org Gene Berardelli

    1. Owners of Sarai = Hanardi Corporation. Please see article above.

    2. That’s what many of the people I have spoken with think as well – you’re most likely correct. But that doesn’t stop people from talking about their ideas.

    3. Yes, and no, the corner deli isn’t selling regardless of interest- that has been said already – check my comment from 5/21 in the previous Best Western Article.

    Finally, Cappuccino is moving out because, traditionally, the seller leaves the property after selling it. I’m not privy to the exact arrangement, but I do know that the owner of Cappuccino is a partner with the owner of record for all the plots of land.

    No one is “creating” news – the neighborhood is simply keeping up on current developments within it – like when a business sells its land – and keeping an ear to the ground.

    And while we’re at it, the author of this article is far from stupid -he’s providing a service to the community on his own time. How about a little respect?

    But while we’re talking, who’s this “we” that you refer to in the last sentence? Do you have a relationship to the buyer or the Best Western? Maybe then it makes sense for you to call the author “stupid”.

    Maybe if you want to lose that comfy cloak of anonymity, we can talk – this time with some shred of credibility – about what else “we” are thinking. Obviously, the author and others like myself have nothing to hide!

  • http://www.masseyknakal.com/ Brian Hanson

    FYI- The property is still in contract and has not closed yet. Also, the owner of the Cappuccino on the Bay business (great espresso!) is not the owner of the propery.

  • http://www.sbpbcivic.org Gene Berardelli

    True – as far as not on record, but he does have an financial arrangement with the record owner.

  • Anonymous

    OK. Where to start?

    1. Owner of Sarai Cafe has bought that vacant land. No plans. Just ask the broker Brian Hanson from Massey Knakal Realty. 718-606-7069.

    2. A skyway over a public street in a special district would never get approved by the Department of Buildings.

    3. Has anyone bothered to ask say, Bait and Tackle or corner deli if anyone called interested in their property?

    And Cappucino on the Bay is moving out. Finally something right! Has anyone bothered to ask him who his new landlord is that is making him move out? Oh, Sarai’s owner. Of course!

    I understand there when there is no news, one creates news. So if anyone thinks that we are stupid, it’s the author of this article!!

  • http://www.sbpbcivic.org/ Gene Berardelli

    1. Owners of Sarai = Hanardi Corporation. Please see article above.

    2. That’s what many of the people I have spoken with think as well – you’re most likely correct. But that doesn’t stop people from talking about their ideas.

    3. Yes, and no, the corner deli isn’t selling regardless of interest- that has been said already – check my comment from 5/21 in the previous Best Western Article.

    Finally, Cappuccino is moving out because, traditionally, the seller leaves the property after selling it. I’m not privy to the exact arrangement, but I do know that the owner of Cappuccino is a partner with the owner of record for all the plots of land.

    No one is “creating” news – the neighborhood is simply keeping up on current developments within it – like when a business sells its land – and keeping an ear to the ground.

    And while we’re at it, the author of this article is far from stupid -he’s providing a service to the community on his own time. How about a little respect?

    But while we’re talking, who’s this “we” that you refer to in the last sentence? Do you have a relationship to the buyer or the Best Western? Maybe then it makes sense for you to call the author “stupid”.

    Maybe if you want to lose that comfy cloak of anonymity, we can talk – this time with some shred of credibility – about what else “we” are thinking. Obviously, the author and others like myself have nothing to hide!

  • http://www.masseyknakal.com/ Brian Hanson

    FYI- The property is still in contract and has not closed yet. Also, the owner of the Cappuccino on the Bay business (great espresso!) is not the owner of the propery.

  • http://www.sbpbcivic.org/ Gene Berardelli

    True – as far as not on record, but he does have an financial arrangement with the record owner.