Rendering for 205 Smith Street courtesy of A and J Acquisitions
The former Met Food shortly after it closed
205 Smith Street with just erected construction fence
rated one of the five filthiest in Brooklyn, it had served many in the neighborhood and its closing was felt throughout the community.
The 10,000-square-foot one story building that housed the supermarket had been put up for sale by its owner and was bought by retail investors Jackson Group, Aurora Capital Associates and ACHS Management for $18.5 million in May 2014.
The companies plan to take down the existing structure to rebuild a 30 000 sq.f. two-story retail building. Recently, a construction permit to that effect have been approved by New York Department of Buildings.
The permit reads:
Removal of exterior and interior walls as shown on plans, erecting new façade and interior partitions. Also the addition of second floor plumbing and mechanical as per plans. Change of use, egress and occupancy.
Think! Architecture is listed as the design firm.
In the past few days, a fence has gone up around the property and work on 205 Smith Street has begun. Construction workers are currently busy with interior demolition.
Brownstoner reported yesterday that a worker indicated that a new supermarket will be moving in after work is completed.
Though we can all hope that a (reasonably priced) food market will one day occupy this space, the architectural rendering on one of the owners' web page would clearly indicate other plans. It also lists the property as available in 2016.
What type of retailer would you like to see there?