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Apartment Buildings, Pedestrian "Piazza" with Shops and Restaurants in the Works for Fifth Avenue Key Food Site

The Key Food on Fifth Avenue and Sterling place is a city anomaly: A top of the line, full-scale, 36,000 square-foot supermarket, complete with a huge parking lot, right in the middle of a thriving neighborhood. It's a valuable and affordable resource not just for Park Slopers but for all Brooklynites, but it appears as if it was simply too good to last: plans are in place to tear the structure down and replace it with shops and apartment buildings, and Wednesday night the community was able to have its say during a public meeting with developer Avery Hall Investments.

The current plans to replace the Key Food (which was constructed in the mid-1980s after an extensive campaign for a full supermarket in the rapidly-gentrifying neighborhood) involve two residential buildings: a six-story tall building to the north and a five-story building to the south, with a pedestrian-only Butler Street being re-built between them. Along this pedestrian walkway will be shops and restaurants, and it will open up into a large piazza.

Incongruity with the neighborhood aside, the fact that initial plans only call for a food market about one-fifth the size of the existing one was one of the major issues discussed last night, according to Curbed. While "the developer assured residents that he was willing to consider more [square feet]," according to the site, the odds are very high that whatever replaces Key Food will be much gloser to a small grocery store than the increasingly suburban-style supermarket that's there today.

While there's still a ways to go before the plan is put into motion, it might happen sooner rather than later: It was revealed Wednesday night that the developer has already entered into contract with the supermarket, which owns the property, and construction can begin as soon as next year.

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Just very sad. I love that store. The wide aisles, scale, and (often) pre-Beatles rock transport me to somewhere in the 1960's or 1970's.of my childhood, or a scene from Animal House, or somewhere. If the local socialist/communist were anything more than hacks, this market would be preserved. But they're just mediocre hacks, neither socialists nor free market promoters.

February 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSlopeSteven

What do the neighbors have to do with this.

A developer (who also happens to live in the neighborhood) bought the property and plans to develop it.

How does it get any more free market than that?

You want the market to stay, you should have bought the property yourself, Slope Steven. You sound like a fool.

February 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterEd

That's fine, except the local politicos pretend to be something else (not that that would necessarily be a good thing if they were).

As non-leftist as I am, I feel sorry for those living in the area who don't have six-figure income. Where are they supposed to buy food? Pathmark--that's bleak.

I love this market for non-essential, arguably frivolous reasons, but it will be sad when this market closes, and we're prisoners of, largely, bougie places...

February 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSlopeSteven

I don't make 6 figures and I've been enjoying the neighborhood just fine.

First of all, the Park Slope Food Co-op prices are half what they are at Key Food. And everything is much higher quality.

Or there's an Associated just a few blocks down 5th Avenue. A rather large one. Or another huge Key Food on 7th Avenue. There are tons of grocery stores around here. Park Slope is blessed with more grocery stores than any I can think of.

February 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterEd

It seems that Ed missed the point about what this Key Food means and has meant to the neighborhood. It was the last of the large supermarkets- with parking and moderate pricing- with parking !! I cant stand the elitist cult-like Co-Op and the mini over priced Union Market nearby. The Associated on 5th Avenue the (now) last Key Food on 7th Avenue is much smaller and doesn't have the selection and feel of the 5th Avenue one. Its a sad day that Park Slope is slowly looking like every neighborhood in New York City. I will miss it as will many who have frequented it .

Sick of Development in Park Slope, this is a small blog with a very small readership (especially after it being off line for months). I'm sure more people get it.

It's a personal thing, but I'm getting tired of living in a place that more, and more resembles the Upper East or Upper West Side. I chose not to move to the suburbs to avoid the car culture and superficiality of the people there. But it seems the UWS or UES is moving to me. Yes, perhaps I'm an idiot for taking pleasure and serenity from shopping in a large, retro-supermarket that plays non-Beatles 1960's rock and that doesn't feel like a place where most of the shoppers are on public assistance or have trust funds. Oh was nice while it lasted.

PS: F the Coop. I have no interest in being part of a fascist organization--even without the NO FRACKING sign in the window.

February 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSlopeSteven

The 7th Avenue Key Food was just renovated in the fall and is a great store.

No where in Prime NYC should there be a huge wasteful parking lot.

There's also a small Key Food on Flatbush Avenue right across from Franny's. I've lived in New York all my life and I don't know a single neighborhood in New York that has as many grocery stores as Park Slope.

Seriously you're all a bunch of nitwit whiners. You want more supermarkets with big huge wasteful parking lots? Move to New Jersey.

February 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Lisa, the 7th Ave. Key Food remains a small, now less run-down supermarket in which no one who has live outside a poor neighborhood would voluntarily shop. It's also, arguably several functional neighborhoods away from the 5th Ave. Key Food.The parking lot doesn't concern me as much as amuse me. I'm glad to see you still boost your ego by insulting people on this little blog--perhaps your ego should be bought out and redeveloped.

February 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSlopeSteven

With the new renovations, the 7th Ave key food is far nice than the one on 5th avenue.

If you don't agree, you haven't been there since they redid the entire store.

Prices are same as 5th on nearly everything too.

February 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKate

Sounds like we have some people pining away for the 50's around here.

You wanna hear the Beatles, buy their album. We don't need to keep mediocre supermarkets with large parking lots and horrible produce around for the sake of charm. Especially not when there are far other better shopping markets around here.

I don't understand people who live in NYC and then pine away for amenities of the suburbs. You want huge supermarkets, there are millions of them out in the burbs. I live in NYC so that I can get my meat at Fleishers, cheese at Valley Shepherd and other staples at a perfectly fine Associated Market about 5 short blocks from here.

Suggesting that the 7th avenue Key Foods "is neighborhoods away from here" is just ridiculous, false and absurd.

February 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRick

It's neighrborhoods away if you're on foot, and carrying any significant amount of groceries--two avenue blocks, plus 7 or 8 street blocks is not nearby. Assuming you live halfway between the two, It's probably a 1/4 mile, on a hill to either. You also fail to account for the fact that if it isn't a "it belongs in the burbs-sized store now, it's not obvious that it ever was. You also don't read carefully enough to notice that I PRE-Beatles rock, which isn't important, except that evidences your lack of good faith or reading comprehension. And no, I wrote that the parking lot could/should go.

But hey, people like you are important, whereas people of modest means are not. You prefer shopping in bougie boutiques. Yay for you and your bank account.

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