In the past six weeks, we've heard from a dozen different people who passed along various tips about incoming development. To date, there hasn't been much hard evidence, such as a real-estate listing or demolition permit.
We heard more after yesterdays's post about the East Side 99¢ store relocating.
Per THE NOTORIOUS L.I.B.E.R.A.T.I.O.N.:
Someone recently told me the stretch of 14th Street between Avenue A down to the Blarney Cove is about to get a major overhaul.
The vet at ABC Animal Hospital, Dr. Tufaro, is also looking for new space; he told me yesterday that the whole south side of that block from the former Stuyvesant Grocery down to his location is slated for demolition and development. He also said the owners of Bargain Bazaar were in court trying to hold onto their lease, which runs through 2016 but which the landlord wants to break. Can you say "upscale luxury condo", boys and girls? Sure you can.
This is consistent with what we've heard. And various tipsters/readers have passed along three different scenarios:
1) All the space to the west of the Rainbow clothing shop, the area that fell to fire, will be developed into some type of housing-retail complex.
2) All the space starting at the Rite Aid west to Avenue A will be developed into some type of housing-retail complex.
3) The big one. All the space starting at the ABC Animal Hospital west to Avenue A will be developed into some type of housing-retail complex.
So far, there isn't anything to prove any of these rumors. And remember — they're only rumors at this point. (We recall walking into the Blarney Cove about 10 years ago only to hear the news that they were closing soon due to a new development. And we got to drink for free since they were closing!)
However, the last time we heard this much chatter about a rumored development: 74-76 Third Ave. ... and in a few months, all that became official with the news of an 82,000-square-foot, nine-story residential building with 94 units.
Previously on EV Grieve:
Conspiracies: What next for 14th Street and Avenue A?
Those persistent rumors about 74-76 Third Avenue and the future of Nevada Smiths
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