Monday, November 16, 2015
Report: New Stuy Town owner pledges to keep a grocery story on East 14th Street, but it may not be Associated
During a meeting with the Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association last Thursday evening, representatives of the soon-to-be owner Blackstone said that they are committed to keeping a grocery store on East 14th Street between Avenue A and First Avenue, DNAinfo reports.
As previously noted, owners of the Associated here would like to have their supermarket's lease renewed so that they can revamp their space. However, the current Stuy Town management has refused to commit to a renewal and then tried to buy out the lease. (Find more background at the Town & Village blog, who was the first to report on this.)
At Thursday night's meeting, a Blackstone rep told residents that they "are absolutely committed to keeping a supermarket in that space with a similar price point to the Associated."
As DNAInfo points out: "There is no guarantee, however, that the space will stay in the hands of the Associated, which has two more years on the lease."
City Councilmember Daniel Garodnick's office also shared the news about a grocery store remaining at this location.
As one resident told us: "The community wants Associated, not just a different grocery store … and are we really supposed to trust the word of an NYC landlord?"
Meanwhile, there's a petition drive underway to keep the Associated in the space. You can access the petition here.
Previously on EV Grieve:
Report: Associated owners not having any luck shopping for a lease renewal on East 14th Street (34 comments)
Petition drive underway to help save the Stuy Town Associated on East 14th Street