Planned Canarsie Plaza To Transform Remsen Warehouse Site
By Debbie Cohen
Agents for the developers - P/A Associates and Acadia Realty Trust - said the project will encompass an estimated 550,000 square feet of the Brooklyn Terminal Market and include a 125,000-square-foot Home Depot, 47,000 square feet for retail stores, 80,000 square feet of self-storage, office space and 730 parking spaces.
Before construction begins, the mayor, the City Council and the Brooklyn borough president must approve the plan. Once the proposal receives the requisite authorizations, construction could start as early as October, according to Tom Montvel-Cohen, a P/A Associates consultant.
Apparently P/A Associates has coveted the location, which has been unoccupied since a Key Food warehouse vacated the space seven years ago. In 2005, the Courier reported that a representative from the developer told a local civic leader that Home Depot was interested in the Brooklyn Terminal property, but the proposal for it and a Costco never came to fruition and CB 18 district manager Dorothy Turano dispelled any rumors about plans for the site. A year earlier CB 18 rejected a plan for Costco and a Pathmark to be developed on the site.
"This will be good for increased job opportunities, a nice place for people to shop, and add to the beautification of the area," Turano said.
The new project will "result in hundreds of job openings for local residents," said Aaron Malinsky, the principal developer with P/A Associates.
Malinsky noted that the zoning of the area allows for commercial use of the space, which will also include a refrigerated food distribution center.
"We want to work with the community and we are thrilled about the affirmative vote of approval by CB 18," Malinsky said. "The project will be an asset to the neighborhood, instead of vacant land."
The project will also have a construction apprentice program for college interns and a job fair will be held in the community prior to completion of the project, said Thomas Sussewell, assistant vice-president with the NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC), who submitted the original plan on behalf of the Department of Small Business Services.
The warehouse, which sits on land owned by the EDC, opened in 1929. Key Food vacated it when it was relocated to its distribution facilities in New Jersey and Staten Island.