The NY Daily News reports today that the Brooklyn Municipal Building on Joralemon Street may be adding two floors of retail outlets:
NY Daily News: Brooklyn Municipal Building to Convert…: Downtown Brooklyn planners are pushing an idea to outfit the borough’s staid, 80-year-old Municipal Building with two floors of shops, Brooklyn News has learned.
The first two levels of the Joralemon St. building, which now house city agencies, would be turned into 22,000 square feet of retail space.
“It’s a no-brainer from a retail perspective,” said Downtown Brooklyn Partnership President Joe Chan, who pitched the idea to city officials this month.
Chan wouldn’t say whether he had begun wooing businesses to lease in the Art-Deco building, but pointedly suggested the space could accommodate an Apple store or a Bed, Bath & Beyond.
He also envisioned houseware, clothing or lifestyle shopping as well as a restaurant or an entertainment venue.
The paper adds that the BHA and the Municipal Arts Society have proposed making downtown Brooklyn a historic district named the Borough Hall Skyscraper District. BHA Executive Director Judy Stanton tells the paper she welcomes the retail concept, but made it clear that she'd rather see "smaller shops" than a big box retailer there.