Marty wants a BJ’s — if he can get a meal with it.
Borough President Markowitz says that he’ll support Joe Sitt’s planned Gravesend big-box BJ’s Wholesale club if the Coney Island “developer” adds a popular chain restaurant to his waterfront plan.
“This is the perfect site to entice destination restaurants such as Legal Seafood and Grand Lux Cafe,” Markowitz wrote in a June 9 letter to Sitt.
Markowitz made the same request in his recommendations for Sitt’s proposed Shore Parkway shopping center, which he sent to the Department of City Planning as part of a process to determining if Sitt will get the zoning necessary to build the complex on Gravesend Bay.
Sitt has already inked a deal with BJ’s, and the city is currently reviewing his plan that would put retail space atop a four-football-field sized space harbor-front space off Bay 38th Street.
Many locals who are excited about the big-box say they’d be happy to dine with a view of the Narrows.
“There’s definitely a need for a restaurant in that space,” said Tom Paolillo. “And I’m a big fan of Legal Seafood so I’d be thrilled if that came in.”
And Sitt will consider giving a restaurant a space in his two-story Brooklyn Bay Center, a $150 million project that has room for three stores in addition to BJ’s.
“We take every recommendation from the Borough President seriously,” said his lawyer, Jesse Masyr.http://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/34/26/bn_bjsrestaurant_2011_6_30_bk.html
You gotta hand it to Thor. They have been as aggressive in buying and getting zoning changed in South Brooklyn as Ratner has been in downtown Brooklyn. Really good for future development.