2005-09-29 / Other News

Kruger Tells CB 18 Meeting Of Rumor That Lowe’s May Come To Plaza Area

(Top) Kruger held a press conference at Kings Plaza when redevelopment plans first surfaced. (Below)Vacant lot adjacent to Kings Plaza’s outdoor parking lot may become a Lowe’s home improvement store.
(Top) Kruger held a press conference at Kings Plaza when redevelopment plans first surfaced. (Below)Vacant lot adjacent to Kings Plaza’s outdoor parking lot may become a Lowe’s home improvement store. By Melissa Favara

According to State Senator Carl Kruger (pictured below), it has been rumored that a Lowe’s Home Im-provement Center will be coming to the area near the Kings Plaza Shop-ping Center in the near future.

Kruger made the announcement at the September 21 meeting of Com-munity Board 18 in the Plaza’s community room. Although the legislator said the announcement was “unofficial,” he noted there was “great concern” that the entire area would be changed by the move, which could possibly close the existing Home De-pot on Avenue U, located a short distance east of the shopping mall, and that it would take parking from Kings Plaza and cause major mayhem in the areas surrounding the mall. Kruger said the name “Lowe’s” was not specifically mentioned in recent land negotiations, but “a large home improvement store” was mentioned. “Who else could it be?” asked Do-rothy Turano, CB 18’s district manager.

Photos by Neil S. FriedmanPhotos by Neil S. Friedman Kings Plaza was mentioned again during the meeting when board members and onlookers talked about the construction of the bus stops on the Flatbush Avenue side being such an inconvenience to drivers. Turano said, however, that the construction is slated to be completed by next month or early November and asked for “just a little more patience.”

Other issues at the meeting concerned relatively minor discrepancies in various neighborhoods, centering on broken street lamps, falling tree limbs and potholes. Turano said individuals could call 311 to find the correct agency to be contacted and then call them. However, she asked that those who complained at the meeting to meet with her and she’ll take the information and report it to the proper agency.

Tara Martin, a representative of the Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, reminded the attendees that this week is “Take Your Man to the Doctor Week” and urged all wo-men to take their husbands or other men in their lives to participate in medical tests for everything from pros-tate problems to HIV testing.

Quoting Markowitz, she said, “Take your man to the doctor and he’ll live to love you longer.”

Turano also mentioned that the American Cancer Society is having a Team Walk Against Breast Cancer at Prospect Park on October 16 and urged everyone to walk to raise money for funding cancer research.

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