Thursday, May 24, 2007

Developing Downtown Brooklyn

A developer is booting 20 longtime Downtown Brooklyn businesses to make way for a massive commercial complex aimed at attracting high-end retailers, local merchants said yesterday.

Manhattan-based United American Land plans to build a $208 million development topped with luxury housing on the property - a block from both the Fulton Street Mall and the Metro Tech high-rise office complex, according to planning documents for the site.


"They're telling us to get the heck out for luxury apartments? I've built up a nice business here the last 10 years - it would be nice if someone at least tried to help us relocate nearby," said Jeffrey Gargiulo, owner of Bagel Guys on Willoughby Street.


Anonymous said...

The company bought and owns the property, don't they have the right to do whatever they want with it?

Anonymous said...

Under this administration, yes, they certainly do have the "right" to build as big as the zoning allows (and then some).