Friday, June 06, 2008

Strip Mall On The Way In Coney Island.

Not exactly in the heart of the amusement district but along the border of where Coney starts from the 'mainland'. A glassy 14,000 square foot retail space with a parking lot on Cropsy Avenue across from the Starbuck's kiosk and Linens 'n Things. Developer Marc Esrig who built the drive-through Starbucks kiosks on Cropsey Avenue is also slated to build the strip mall. Coney Island USA's Dick Zigun who isn't keen on the plan says, "“In an ideal Coney Island, Cropsey Avenue between Neptune Avenue and Hart Place would see large parking garages on either side and the ground floor of such garages would be trolley barns and waiting stations for a revival of the Surf Avenue trolleys. Such parking garages would be useful for the amusement park and also serve the unofficial shopping mall that is already replacing the auto body stores".

Brooklyn Paper writes:
Construction could be finished as early as mid-July and Esrig says he is in negotiations with three national chains as prospective tenants: a women’s clothing store, a home furnishings store, and a restaurant (which he promises will not be a McDonald’s or a Subway).

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