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Walgreens coming to Empire Boulevard?

The Q at Parkside has the scoop.  This is great news (if this pans out); whoo hoo!
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Know that big laundromat that recently closed on Empire Blvd, between Washington and Bedford? It's gonna be a Walgreen's. Good news? Well...there's a Rite Aid right around the corner on Bedford, but yeah, for some folks this will mighty convenient.

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  • I was wondering if the picture of this location was where the Bond Bakery used to be located?

  • No, the Bond bakery building is nearby on Flatbush;  this isn't it.   The Bond Bakery building is becoming a gym.   http://www.brooklynian.com/discussion/38848/planet-fitness-replaces-phat-albert

    The laundry is actually on Empire, to the east of McDonalds.



  • Thanks. It was on Empire and Flatbush as I recall.The aroma still persists in my memory.
  • NB: The apartment complex in the background is Ebbets Field Apartments. 
  • Well I guess my memory is fading.I recall the building  right across the street from the subway having Bond Bread carved into the building. I remember Ebbets Field when the Dodgers played there. I was still living there when the apartments were built though.
  • edited March 2014
    I came to Brooklyn and "earth" too late to have smelled it.

    Too bad I also missed out on that. However, if you walk up Franklin, you may still get a whiff of spices from the nearby spice place. 

    That Google street view is making me anxious for sunny, warmer days like that to return! :) 

    Well I guess my memory is fading.I recall the building  right across the street from the subway having Bond Bread carved into the building. 
    Yes, the Prospect Park subway station is across the street.
  • Sometimes I try to recall the stores that were on Franklin Ave. But I can't remember the exact location of each one. My old Apartment building is still there on Carroll Street, but they took away the bushes that were in front.It was such a great neighborhood to grow up in.
  • Whynot, Franklin Avenue had a butcher, a fruit and veggie store, a poultry store, two stores that sold chocolate candy, two bakeries, several candy stores, two pharmacies, a toy store, an A and P, a deli called Ben and Sol's on the corner of Franklin and President, a children's clothing store called Kameo, a shoemaker, an appetizing store where you bought fresh pickles out of a barrel for a nickel, and Franklin Manor where people had weddings etc.I am sure I left quite a few things out.
  • an appetizing store where you bought fresh pickles out of a barrel for a nickel
    This makes me think of Fairway! (Now that would be a great addition to the neighborhood.) 

  • edited March 2014
    old brooklynite,

    Stores like that are rapidly returning to Franklin Avenue.

    Here's a few really old photos of the intersection of Franklin and Eastern Parkway you might have fun with:

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  • Whynot,
    I am old but not that old lol. I have lots of pics from my childhood taken on Carroll St.I really should scan them. It was great back then.The gardens were free as well as the museum. When you couldn't find what you wanted in the neighborhood, downtown Brooklyn had lots of department stores.
  • edited March 2014
    Downtown Brooklyn is becoming an economic engine once again.

    ...but I doubt the gardens or the museum will become free again in my lifetime.

    At age 45, I'd like to think I have about 40 years left in me.
  • I am sure you do. Did you know that P.S. 241 was once a highly rated school?
  • edited March 2014
    PS 241 location:

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    Yes, as the neighborhood changes, so do the schools.

    I've been watching the area pretty closely over the past year or so.   I think the biggest impact in the near future will come from the redevelopment of the Sea Crest laundry site (FKA Erasmus Laundry)

  • I am sure you do. Did you know that P.S. 241 was once a highly rated school?
    How long ago? 

    I went to PS 241 when I was a kid; it served me well. :) 

    Back to the upcoming Walgreens, I wonder whether it will move into the existing structure or whether the old one will be torn down. That building needs some structural repairs. I remember seeing holes in the ceiling both inside the laundromat and in the parking area in the rear.
  • old brooklynite,

    Stores like that are rapidly returning to Franklin Avenue.

    Here's a few really old photos of the intersection of Franklin and Eastern Parkway you might have fun with:



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    When I was a kid (walking to school at P.S. 241), I remember seeing the last remnants of the Franklin Avenue trolley tracks being dug up. This was in the 80s.
  • edited March 2014
    If they tear the laundry building down, I would expect them to build a much taller residential/commercial building in its place.    We haven't heard about that.   

    Hence, I predict they will repair the old building.
  • edited March 2014
    Mug,
    I finished 6th grade at P.S. 241 in 1963 and it was a very good school. My brother attended there when it actually went up to 8th grade.
  • I remember when they covered the tracks and the cobblestones on Franklin with pavement.Where did you live?
  • I remember when they covered the tracks and the cobblestones on Franklin with pavement.Where did you live?
    When the tracks were being removed, the cobblestones were also removed; the street was then paved over.

    I grew up (and still live) right near where the future Walgreens will be on Empire Boulevard. :) 
  • I had to take the bus across the st from the subway station on Empire to get to Lefferts Jr. High.I really hated that school.
  • edited August 2014
    Bump.


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    I noticed the red sign from the realtor this morning. Now I wonder whether Walgreens is coming after all or did that fall through?

    By the way, the laundromat that used to occupy 73 Empire Boulevard has a sign up that it's coming soon to a location a few doors down (closer to the nightclub).
  • edited May 2015
    Bump.

    The only movement I have seen at this location recently has been from raccoons. Seriously!

    Late last night while I was using the rear exit (on Sullivan Place) from the Laundromat, I saw a raccoon pawing through garbage that the Laundromat had apparently put out. I locked eyes with it, and after a minute, it grabbed a bag, and fled under the rolling gate.

    A few weeks earlier, I also caught a glimpse of what I believed to be a raccoon when it dashed under cars parked on McKeever Place. (I knew it was too big to be a cat.)

    Why would a raccoon set up shop here instead of in Prospect Park down the street?
  • Food. There's more food available on the streets than in the park via trash bins, etc. I've seen a few raccoons in that area as well, right out on the street. 
  • A lot of animals want to live near the park, because living in the park is too much work.

    I am one such animal.
  • There were two donation bins at the rear of the lot adjacent to the laundromat that formerly was at the corner of Empire Boulevard and McKeever Place. When the laundromat was there, the bins were technically legal because they were on private property. Once the laundromat closed, that small lot at the corner of McKeever and Sullivan Place was fenced off. The donation bins were also fenced in. For quite a while, people still attempted to drop off clothing for donation. Since they couldn't get through the fence, they started throwing things *over* the fence. The lot had turned into a dumping ground, and it looked bad. I felt as if I couldn't call 311 since the dumping was *behind* the fence and not on the public part of the sidewalk.

    Well, last night I noticed that the two donation bins have been moved out from that lot, and into the street on Sullivan Place. I hope that they get picked up and taken away once and for all. If that is indeed what is happening, then I hope it's also a sign that the lots are about to be developed.
  • For @whynot_31

    Friday morning I saw this work being done on my way to work:
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  • P.S. There are permits on file with the DOB for work.

    @whynot_31 - I would imagine a lot of work would have to be done before anyone would lease the place, no? I can see that one segment of the roof is missing (presumably collapsed). The DOB had issued a violation for holes in the ceiling of the indoor parking lot when the laundromat was there. I believe that violation is still active according to the records.
  • edited September 2015
    73 - 97 Empire is being advertised as "A ground up New Construction, of 60,000 SF can be used for retail, or office"

    http://www.loopnet.com/Listing/18643955/73-Empire-Blvd-Brooklyn-NY/

    We should note that this means:
    1.   New building.
    2.   They are still looking for one or more tenants.

    Propertyshark provides us with the block and lot number:   01306-0028

    http://www.propertyshark.com/mason/Property/154825/73-Empire-Blvd-Brooklyn-NY-11225/

    Which we can then plug into the DOB site, which tells us that they seek to create a 2 story building on this site:   http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/JobsQueryByNumberServlet?requestid=2&passjobnumber=321083830&passdocnumber=01

    Note, these plans were rejected, but I expect them to be resubmitted with the necessary tweaks to get them passed.  

    If all goes as per this original submission, the building will be all commercial tenants, and the SF will increase from 27k to 48k.

    All of which is to say they might keep a few perimeter walls, but this building will be radically different by the time the construction people leave, and the prior violations on the site will be effectively moot.

    I wonder if Walgreens will still be among the tenants.
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  • I had figured that Walgreens wasn't going to move in as is. The building is falling apart.

    I'd like to see a Walgreens the size of the one that was on Atlantic and Fourth Avenues.

    Two stories? Why? Is a gym going to move upstairs? Are the real estate people trying to attract a Target?
  • I doubt this location has the foot traffic and transportation required for an urban Target.

    I think it could work as Fortune 500 back office space: Accounting.
  • re:"I doubt this location has the foot traffic and transportation required for an urban Target."

    The Target at the Junction only has the 2 and the 5 and several bus routes there. The Target at Gateway has no subway nearby, but it is right off the Belt and several bus routes go there. This location has more subway lines and bus routes nearby. 


    If you build it, they will come. Maybe the opening of something like a Target will appease those in the community who complain about the derelict stretch on Empire Boulevard (that's overpopulated with fast food joints and storage facilities).
  • Appease the community? This is about finding a tenant that will pay the rent.

    This has very little to do with what the local community wants. If the business pays the rent, the landlord does not care whether it serves any members of the community.

    Likewise, the tenant has no need or obligation to consider what the community wants or needs: It merely needs to use the space in a profitable enough manner that the rent is justified.
  • I always thought that Empire Boulevard would be the perfect spot for another Whole Foods. They could snare all of PLG and Crown Heights shoppers for whom 3rd and 3rd is too far away. One can dream...
    BTW 3rd and 3rd Whole Foods is not particularly near transport or with good foot traffic either. 
  • Whole Food and Fairway have large parking lots, space that might be cheaper than Empire, and easier for deliveries.

  • 1. Look at the size of the Western Beef parking lot. 
    2. Can't imagine that 3rd and 3rd, at the edge of $1000/sq ft Park Slope, is cheaper than Empire.
    3. the word in the pipeline is that Whole Foods is planning a smaller, cheaper spin-off.
    4. plenty of truck routes circling around this whole neighborhood. 
  • I am surprised they are building this before the rezoning to mixed commercial and residential.

    I expect it will prompt several of the fast food places and Western Beef to cash out.

  • whynot_31 said:

    I am surprised they are building this before the rezoning to mixed commercial and residential.

    I expect it will prompt several of the fast food places and Western Beef to cash out.

    ...which is what a segment of people is hoping would happen.
  • The mix of businesses will slowly change to reflect the changing means and preferences, whether people want it to or not.

    The area seems like a good location for a Dallas BBQ.
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