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Extended shelf life! Slope Key Food development will likely have grocery store: source

Food swap: Locals are concerned that this Key Foods at Fifth Avenue will go the way of the dodo after Avery Hall Investments redevelops the property. Sources close to the project say a new grocery store will almost certainly take its place, but what form it will take is anyone’s guess.
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It is almost a lock.

A developer that plans on erecting a new building on the site of Park Slope’s beloved Fifth Avenue Key Food will almost certainly install another grocery store in the new complex, according to a person close the project.

“It’s 99.9 percent certain to have a grocery store,” said the source, who spoke to this paper on condition of anonymity.

This will likely come as welcome news to many locals, who have been rallying to save the market since word got out late last month that real-estate firm Avery Hall Investments had inked a deal to purchase the site at Baltic Street, where it plans to build a residential and commercial property.

Devoted customers say the 33-year-old Key Food is one of the last grocery stores in the increasingly expensive nabe that sells good food at prices they can afford.

“We’re losing all our decent supermarkets that are affordable,” said Carla Held, who lives nearby in a Carroll Gardens, and is one of almost 500 people who have signed an online petition demanding local pols step in to keep the store — or something like it — in the new building.

But it remains unclear what form the new grocery store would take, and whether it will have a selection or price tags comparable to the current mid-range emporium — which is presently offering boneless chicken breasts for $1.99 and .75 cents off Kraft Singles.

And it is unlikely any new store would retain the current one’s massive parking lot, which Held says is a big draw for Brooklynites of a certain age like herself.

“I’m going to be 70 next year,” she said. “It’s not like I’m going to walk a mile and carry packages home.

The developer — which plans to close the deal sometime in late 2016 — has not filed plans for the new building and would not confirm that a grocery store would be a part of it, but said it is taking the residents’ demands into consideration.

“The Avery Hall team is committed to creating a project that is a benefit to the community as a whole and takes seriously the interest expressed by community members in including a grocery store as part of the project,” the company said in a statement.

The firm’s plans comply with existing zoning for the property, according to a spokesman, so it won’t need to put them through a public review. But the developer nevertheless intends to present its eventual plans to the local community board, where community members will be able to offer their two cents, said the rep.

If the Fifth Avenue Key Food disappears, it will join the 12th Street Pathmark in Gowanus, which shut earlier this year, and the Smith Street Met Food Supermarket in Boreum Hill that closed in 2014.

A Key Food in Windsor Terrace closed in 2012, but a new one opened there earlier this year after residents rallied to bring it back

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018: Corrected address for closed Pathmark.
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Reasonable discourse

Scott from Sunset Park says:
"Cropsey Avenue Pathmark in Gowanus, which shut earlier this year"
Huh?? Pretty sure Cropsey is nowhere near Gowanus!
Dec. 30, 2015, 5:52 am
Ruth Brown (Brooklyn Paper) says:
You're right, Scott, that was the Pathmark in Bensonhurst that closed. Will fix, thanks.
Dec. 30, 2015, 11:37 am
Carter says:
The developers of the Smith Street site have also announced that they are bringing back a supermarket, brand and price point tbd.
Dec. 30, 2015, 1:37 pm
TOM from Sunset Park says:
How accommodating will their parking lot be? It is a regional shopping area.
Dec. 30, 2015, 2:05 pm
ChrisC from Park slope says:
Retaining the off-street loading dock currently in the Key Food parking lot should be a factor in considering whether the community should accept the development plan. Other urban grocery stores must unload inventory from trucks onto the street, which impacts traffic and quality of life in the immediate area surrounding the store. The DOT and FDNY will no doubt want to approve any change in traffic patterns that removing the parking lot will create. Their involvement will have a greater chance of impacting the development plan than any grass roots 'Save our parking lot' effort.
Dec. 30, 2015, 4:12 pm
jjm from c. hill says:
This is one of the many costs of popularizing neighborhoods. Along with long-time residents, long-time establishments get pushed out as well & replaced with expensive & tasteless crap.
Dec. 30, 2015, 4:51 pm
AYANA from PARK SLOPE says:
We need open space. Not only is the parking lot extremely convenient for people who shop here, it provides a view of the sky which makes many feel free, not cramped and suffocated as the city often does, especially with all this new development. I'm disheartened that Key Food "sold out" after 33 years of loyal patronage. I wonder if they would bother to tell patrons of their expected closing date or just close without word bc it seems as if they are not restocking their shelves. Maybe I should just take my money elsewhere from now since my dollars seem not to count anyway...
Jan. 4, 2016, 11:39 am
AYANA from PARK SLOPE says:
Where will all these new people park? Parking sucks as is. Too much development isn't good and will eventually bust the market and property value will go down. It wont be the safe desireable neighborhood it is now if they continue to bring these large scale developments to the area. The infrastructure of the neighborhood cannot sustain the amount of people coming in. No parking, possibly no grocery, no sidewalk space, no space in schools, over crowded trains, etc. I AM NOT A SARDINE!!!
Jan. 4, 2016, 11:51 am
Mary from Park Slope says:
Please sign the petition to save our Key Food!

https://www.change.org/organizations/save_the_fifth_avenue_key_food
Jan. 8, 2016, 9:10 pm
Peter from Park Slope says:
Just to defend Key Food, they are tenants. So they go when their landlord tells them to. They make no profit from this deal. Their landlord makes the profit.

As for turning this deal down, the construction is all "as of right." That means if the developer follows the zoning and other regulations--which they will surely do--they will not need any approval other than Department of Buildings to build. They do plan to make a courtesy presentation to the community at some point through Community Board 6. That will be an opportunity for the community to hear their plans and make suggestions for changes. But they will be merely suggestions.
Jan. 13, 2016, 5:03 pm
Ed Townes from Gowanus says:
Does anybody know what "as of right" might cap this one at? Heaven help us if Fifth Ave. gets the Fourth Ave. treatment. And might this be affected by diBlasio's proposed zoning changes? "Affordable housing" sounds great - maybe, a little less so given that there's plenty of income diversity within 1/4 mile of the site - but if it turns a 5-story edifice into 8-10 stories, ... "there goes the neighborhood." (said not altogether jokingly!)
Feb. 5, 2016, 1:24 pm
BrooklynRed from gowanus says:
Come to KEY Food meeting at PS133 (610 Baltic Street) on Tuesday, Feb 9 at 6:30 PM to get real information from developers and voice questions comments there
Feb. 6, 2016, 6:27 pm

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