Wednesday, March 11, 2009

City pushing for new supermarkets


From the NY Observer:

Based on recommendations from a study completed last fall and a draft of new policies shared with grocery industry executives, it is clear that the Bloomberg administration intends to loosen zoning rules and offer tax incentives to boost the development of new supermarkets.

The draft of policies—which the Planning spokeswoman stressed were not yet complete and are subject to change—proposed both land use incentives and tax incentives for supermarkets in certain neighborhoods. On the land use side, the draft called for a density bonus that would allow developers who build supermarkets to build up to 20,000 square feet larger than they normally would be permitted on sites in targeted neighborhoods. The parking requirements would be lowered for those developers. And in certain districts targeted for light manufacturing, supermarkets would be allowed to be built as of right—without having to go through a lengthy approvals process.

On the tax incentives side, the draft calls for exemptions from property and other taxes for supermarkets in targeted areas, with landlords given savings if they renovate supermarkets or build new supermarkets.

12 comments:

-Joe said...

Let me guess:
Compleate with sub franchise counters selling pig heads, guts & Sushi bars like they did in California right ?

We got kicked out of some Sherman Oaks sushi joint and beaned in the back with riceballs by some crazy Japanese cook.
All we did was ask for for California Rolls, fresh Wasabi & soy sauce.
---then got J walking ticket.

--I guess you cant walk or order California rolls in Californa ?

Anonymous said...

This is an excellent idea, and if we can keep shoplifters from stealing them blind, some of the stores may stay open.

It is a fact that the poorest people pay the most since no supermarkets are anywhere nearby. Unfortunately some very poor people won't even benefit from this due to high theft rates and their own need for a storekeeper who can extend credit against future payments from SSI, Welfare, or meager paychecks.

georgetheatheist said...

-Joe.

You oughta right a book.

Seriously.

[The man is a poet.]

www.nra.org

italian girl said...

Bloomberg
Heart
Developers
4ever

Anonymous said...

"--I guess you cant walk or order California rolls in Californa ?"

Or maybe you're just an arsehole. Or have a persecution complex. I've never met anyone who's been "wronged" as much as you.

Face it, -Joe, you rub everyone the wrong way.

Anonymous said...

Face it, -Joe, you rub everyone the wrong way.
---

now now now if you want to act like that get a job as a moderator on astorians.com.

Anonymous said...

now now now if you want to act like that get a job as a moderator on astorians.com.

I'm just sayin'... who gets rice balls thrown at their back just for ordering sushi?
The Japanese are notoriously polite, so my guess is he did something obnoxious to deserve it. (IF it actually happened, and it's not another of his paranoid racist hallucinations.)

Anonymous said...

"The Japanese are notoriously polite, so my guess is he did something obnoxious to deserve it."

The Japanese weren't extremely polite at Pearl Harbor. But I guess we did something obnoxious to deserve it.

Anonymous said...

Build more supemarkets so that many folks standing on Roosevelt Ave can have a day job polishing the tomatoes, especially with your daughter who works as a cashier! Find out you will be supporting Jose the father of your new gGranddaughter, real quick.

Anonymous said...

Maybe they can build a supermarket in the Flushing Keith's auditorium.

A former CB#7 DM once said that the town could use a good supermarket in that location .

Ahhhh...
imagination and foresight
abound in this parochial, monocultural
4th rate Chinatown!

Anonymous said...

The Japanese weren't extremely polite at Pearl Harbor. But I guess we did something obnoxious to deserve it.

What are you, my grandpa?
I bet you heart Rocky IV the most, too. Dontcha?

Anonymous said...

Before you all trash this idea, perhaps you would be interested in a real example of supermarkets suffering from the tweeding and overdevelopment of the City.

There was a supermarket on Dekalb Avenue on Brooklyn, about one block south of Fort Greene park and two blocks north of MetroTech. Anyone who knows the area knows that there are several housing developments in the area, one of which was up the block.

Well, this supermarket closed when Bruce Ratner's Atlantic Yards project came to town. Didn't matter for the transplants and hipsters who invaded Brooklyn and only shop at the small overpriced markets that were built to accomodate them. It's the elderly, low-income, and disabled that again got shafted in the name of progress.