Just days after the last of the businesses on the lot shuttered, contractors have placed fencing around the future home of a Marshalls department store.
We broke the news back in January that the lot at 1611 Avenue Y, between East 16th Street and East 17th Street, would be swallowed up by the retailer. The developer has plans to construct a 27,292 square foot, one-story department store. The fencing went up last week, but real construction isn’t expected to begin until the summer. We’re told the opening date probably would not be until 2012 or 2013, and they’re hoping to include a rooftop parking lot.
The development means that four local businesses, three of which have been open for decades, shuttered to accommodate the development: Golden Touch Car Wash, Gulf gas station, KR & S Auto Service and the fruit and vegetable market on East 16th Street. The last of the businesses were out as May rolled in.
1611 Avenue Y - The future site of Marshalls' Sheepshead Bay branch.
The rumor mill has been churning for months, but Sheepshead Bites has finally confirmed that Marshalls department store will open near the heart of Sheepshead Bay – but additional traffic could upset neighbors.
The 27,292 square foot, one-story department store will be constructed at 1611 Avenue Y, between East 16th Street and East 17th Street. A source close to the deal told Sheepshead Bites that construction will begin over the summer, but the opening date probably would not be until 2012 or 2013. The source added that the property will likely include a rooftop parking lot.
Four local businesses, three of which have been open for decades, are shuttering to accommodate the development: Golden Touch Car Wash, Gulf gas station, KR & S Auto Service and the fruit and vegetable market on East 16th Street.
Keep reading for more details, reactions from the business owners and see potential traffic problems.
Thinking that he was undetected in the early morning hours, the lone Doody’s cart was sauntering around the near-empty lot when he was secretly photographed by reader, Stefanee Rivera.
After a full night quietly playing by himself behind the gates of the apartment building’s empty back lot, located on East 12 Street, between Avenue X and Avenue W — the cart was quietly contemplating his new life and enjoying the morning light.
He had lived his entire life in the confines of the Doody’s Hardware Store boundaries, but finally decided to make a break for it. By the end of his first day of freedom when the second picture was taken, it was clear that the cart was feeling homesick. It’s very likely that the building super yelled at him and told him to ‘get outta here’ — because he was slowly making his way back home to Doody’s at 2461 E 17 St.
When he gets back home to the home and hardware store, he’ll have a story to tell about life on the outside to those rebel shopping carts planning their getaway: Sometimes frolicking around a community hardware store, with others just like you, is better than a lonely life behind bars on the outside.