GFI Development Company is offering corner and street-front retail space at 470 Vanderbilt Avenue in Brooklyn.More importantly, it's two blocks--albeit across broad Atlantic Avenue from the Barclays Center surface parking lot and within walking distance of the arena.
The ten-story, 660,000 s/f mixed-use property is four blocks from Atlantic Center and Atlantic Terminal Mall, a major destination shopping thoroughfare for Brooklyn.
There will be 3,000 employees at the building alone, from the Human Resources Administration, and location is near dense residential districts. It's a former tire factory turned telecom center, soon to include more housing.
What kind of retail?
So, will the retail be aimed at neighborhood residents, building employees/visitors, or arena-related traffic--or a bit of all? There will be up to 21,500 square feet of ground-floor retail, including 7,100 square feet at the corner of Atlantic and Vanderbilt Avenues.
That's big enough for a Hooters, and a real estate guy told The Local that Hooters scouts would be looking there.
Hamill weighs in
The controversy over Hooters, ginned up by a front-page article in the New York Daily News with a small sample of anti-Hooters comments from Park Slopers, has provoked Daily News columnist Denis Hamill into writing: Who gives a hoot about pretty girls as waitresses? It’s no reason to block Hooters from Brooklyn: Park Slope snobs trying to tell you where to eat after a game:
Like Kinslow, 90% of the other waitresses were minority — black, Hispanic, Asian — from working-class neighborhoods. No nudity, no lap dances, no horndogs stuffing bills into G-strings. Just college kids without trust funds — unlike the children of the brownstone blowhards — paying their way through local colleges to make dreams come true.Um, it's up to the landlords, actually.
Save the outrage for the puritanical snobs who would step on those working-class dreams.