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At Long Last, Construction is Underway at Calexico

Yesterday brought two days that we thought would never come: Bloomberg's successor was elected, and construction finally got underway on Calexico, which has been in the works on Fifth between First and Garfield for about a year and a half.

It was back in May of last year when the team behind Calexico posted a sign in the front window introducing themselves and discussing their plan to bring their unique (and cultishly followed) brand of Cal-Mex cuisine to the neighborhood. Months passed by with no progress, however, and the owners supposedly waited and waited to get renovation permits from the Department of Buildings, co-owner Jesse Vendley told DNAinfo.

All that seems to have been resolved, however, as Park Slope Stoop noticed that a sidewalk shed has gone up around the facade and construction is officially underway. While it's no guarantee that it'll go quickly (O'Connor's got a sidewalk shed too), it's certainly a step in the right direction.

Photo via Park Slope Stoop

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In situations like these, is the tenant on the hook for the rent while the permit situation gets sorted out?

November 6, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbrooklynfoody

I wondered about the rent payments too. That is a crazy amount of money to be not earning and/or paying out with no income.

I saw some people walking in and out of the shed this morning. I hope (cross fingers) that this place will be operational by spring.


November 6, 2013 | Unregistered Commenternormality

most of these restaurants/stores get a 6-9 month period of free rent to build the place out to get it to wherever it needs to be from what it was before.

November 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterjbobPRIME

3mo free build-out is standard anything longer LL is being generous (and maybe dumb)

November 6, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbrklynmind

Agreed. They must have deep pockets, or making bank at their other locations as I wold assume they must be paying some rent, taxes and other charges for what seems to be the better part of two years at this point. God bless them.

January 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

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