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Blight Me: The Chetrit Group’s Gateway to Williamsburg

February 9th, 2009 · No Comments

Every time we walk past the Chetrit Group’s so-called “Gateway to Williamsburg” development behind Kellogg’s Diner, we wonder if we should put toss it into our dead pool because nothing has happened on the site in ages. Yet, Chetrit may still pull financing for this thing out of the bag and just recently was showing redone renderings of the ugly very Williamsburg-like building it intends to build with 14 stories, 140 rental units and nearly 29,000 square feet of retail space. Duane Reade will be the anchor tenant. We digress, however. Our point is to show how even developments that aren’t necessarily dead create blight and problems. The sidewalk on Metropolitan Avenue was like an ice rink last week and there was no sign the developer had been cited for not shoveling and/or de-icing. In fact, we watched one school kid slip and fall on the ice. The developer blight that is beginning to really impact a lot of neighborhoods comes in all shapes and forms, from ugliness, to squatters to icy sidewalks. (For the record, Chetrit’s development on Kent Avenue wasn’t in much better shape.) Does The Donald shovel the sidewalks outside his developments?

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