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In the Pool: Revere Sugar Red Hook Survivor

August 21st, 2008 · 3 Comments

Red Hook Rusty
[Photo Courtesy of June Carter Cash Peep/GL Flickr Pool]

These are the last remnants of the old Revere Sugar Plant in Red Hook demolished by developer Joe Sitt. The rusting hulk is part of an old conveyor system out into the water. The brick building is the sole surviving structure. The property is currently being used as an auxiliary parking lot for Ikea. The developer’s plans for the property are unclear, but are believed to include retail and residential use. Rezoning would be necessary and there is likely to be local controversy, particularly about residential use.

Tags: In the Pool · Red Hook

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Dead Hook // Aug 22, 2008 at 7:58 am

    I believe that the Erie Basin is home to about 200 barges. It is the largest barge port on the east coast. Home ownership should never be allowed on it’s banks.

    Complaints by home owners, concerning round the clock heavy industrial activity, would be an unacceptable threat to infrastructure vital to national security.

  • 2 combustiblegirl // Aug 22, 2008 at 11:42 am

    Let it be anything but residential. That would not gel with the maritime businesses there and we’ve already lost the graving dock in a blindsighted move by city officials. Residential could easily go across the street on the plot now used for bus parking. But let this be something interesting and engaging. I think it would be a great site for Brooklyn Brewery to relocate. They could have the Brewerey AND a front of the house brew pub. You could make it a mix of retail and performace space. A good restaurant could be sited here. And it would link up the IKEA and Fairway sites–and hopefully the promenades on each.

  • 3 Dead Hook // Aug 22, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    I admire your optimism combustiblegirl.

    However I sense big box retail on the Revere lot and the two bus lots. Ramburg and I believe Red Hook Marble are leaving.

    I’m afraid that Brooklyn Brewery has probably assessed all available space. They are getting priced out.

    When the economy recovers big box retailers and aggressive luxury residential developers will be the only ones able to afford this real estate. Isn’t Revere $40+ million?

    Residential might work if they are kept as rentals only. Owners complain. Renters can be removed.