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Dead Pool or Stalled Pool or Blight Me? City Point Not Moving

February 18th, 2009 · 3 Comments

We don’t know what’s up at City Point, the once grand development planned at a property originally owned by developer Joe Sitt–the Galleria Mall that he promised to turn into the “Belaggio” of shopping malls. (Guess “Bellagio” is Italian for sell it and tear it down?) In any case, what’s signficant about this, other the fact that the project is shrinking faster than one’s (deleted) in the waters off Coney Island this time of year, is that no work has been done on the project in months. Back in November, Brownstoner reported:

We had heard through the grapevine that the changing market conditions had led Acadia Realty Trust, the project’s developer, to go back to the drawing board to reconsider the mix of residential, office and retail. But fear not: On Friday, they filed a New Building application with DOB. It’s unclear to us whether they are filing the project in stages, but this building is a lot shorter than previously planned. The original plan called for 500,000 square feet of retail, 250,000 square feet of office and over a million square feet of hotel and residential space. The new app calls for a 16-story, 268-foot-tall building with almost 900,000 square feet of space; it appears from the application that this is all commercial space. A call to the developer for clarification was not returned.

Talk about the Castration School of Development. What interests us is that Acadia hasn’t even bothered to complete demolition in any way, shape or form. The photo shows that foundations of the old mall are still in place. The steel columns of the old Toys R Us are still there, and frankly, a 12-year-old could gain access to the site because it’s so poorly maintained. So, no more talk of 60+ story sharp phalluses of offices and apartments pentetrating the Brooklyn sky. Okay. The freeze on work, however, tempts us to put this if not in our Dead Pool of Rotting Corpses of projects that will blight the landscape with emptiness, in the Pool of Troubled Ones. We would also toss this puppy into our Blight Me collection of foul developer blight, but what this wasteland and crumbling, cheap blue plywood fence replace was a blight on the landscape, anyway. The parking garage on Flatbush Avenue was one of the few Brooklyn demolitions we’ve cheered. In any case, it certainly does show that Mr. Sitt knew when it was time to take the money and run. Now, the question is, what’s Acadia going to do with this land in the middle of the worst recession since the Great Depression. Is it shovel ready, maybe?

Tags: Blight Me · Downtown Brooklyn · The Dead Pool · The Undead

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Wawa // Feb 18, 2009 at 9:41 am

    Another fine Gowanus whine. WHO CARES?
    An underperforming and poorly-planned ghetto mall and parking structure was razed. Something will eventually go there, and if it’s scaled down, fine.
    There’s going to be a lot of holes in the ground until the economy rights itself.

  • 2 dave // Feb 18, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    ^ I miss albee square, besides, it’s another fine Brooklyn landmark destroyed by Joe Sitt & Co.

    I’m starting to think all these negative, hurtful comments belong more on brownstoner or curbed.

  • 3 Jack // Feb 21, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    I’m a white boy from deep Brooklyn and I too miss the Albee Square Mall. Went to it as part of the shopping loop my mom and dad would do on weekends.

    And excuse me, “poorly-planned ghetto mall”…

    Give me a break. I’ll readily admit that most of what’s sold in the Fulton Mall and in the former Albee Square Mall is not really for me, but guess what? The Fulton Mall is always busy and always packed. And before gutted out the Albee Square Mall, it too was always filled and always packed.

    “Something will eventually go there…”

    Great! So please explain why you are making excuses for a developer who has destroyed a viable economic hub and not built anything else let alone complete demolition?

    C’mon, this is a mess. And it was caused by greed.

    “There’s going to be a lot of holes in the ground until the economy rights itself.”

    Hilarious! I think you barely understand why we’re in the recession we’re in right now. News Flash: Greedy developers with dreams of flipping are a major part of this mess. That hole in the ground where the Albee Square Mall once stood is a shining example of what was/is wrong with the development boom.