Goodbye, Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable? Also 192 Montague, AKA 200 Montague, to be Razed for Residential?

For some years now my wife and I have patronized Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable, at 181 Atlantic Avenue, a few doors west of Sahadi’s, for fresh produce at reasonable prices. It appears this may be coming to an end soon. According to Brooklyn Community Board 2, the agenda for its Land Use Committee meeting to be held at 6:00 PM tomorrow, Wednesday, February 20 at NYU Tandon School of Engineering, Dibner Building, Room LC400, 5 Metrotech Center (on the north side of the Metrotech Commons) includes this item:

181 Atlantic Avenue — Brooklyn Heights Historic District — Application is to demolish the existing, one-story, commercial building and construct a new, four-story, apartment building with ground floor retail using concrete masonry unit construction and four-inch face brick, a pre-cast metal cornice, cast stone lintels and at the ground floor, aluminum and glass with custom columns, corbels and cornice.

IMG_1133We earlier noted that a demolition permit had been filed for the four story commercial building at 192 Montague Street (photo above), sometimes known as 200 Montague, but that no plans had been filed for its replacement. Now on the Land Use Committee’s agenda for tomorrow is the following:

200 Montague Street — Borough Hall Skyscraper Historic District — Application is to demolish an existing, four-story, “Altered Modern” commercial building and construct a new, 20-story residential building with ground floor retail.

Whatever action is taken by the Land Use Committee tomorrow, these applications will be further considered by the Executive Committee at its meeting to be held at 6:00 pm, Monday, February 25, 2019 at the CB2 District Office, 350 Jay Street, 8th Floor (across from Metrotech).

Photos: Claude Scales for BHB

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  • StudioBrooklyn

    Not to stray too far off topic, but what evidence did we have that the “thousands” of jobs Amazon was allegedly going to create would go to extant New Yorkers who needed them (as opposed to, say, ushering in a whole new wave of transplants willing and able to pay for housing and food that would displace NYC residents and businesses)?

    Other than in bars and some restaurants, what kinds of local businesses would most tech employees patronize? From what I can tell this demographic is (on average) mostly younger people who spend upwards of 60 hours a week at the office, order everything they need from Hello Fresh and Chewy and of course Amazon; they probably keep Wag Club in business, which means less work for local dog walkers (not anybody’s fault there), but the same is true of their eventual effect on private vs public schools, as anyone in the neighborhood who’s had to navigate the Universal Pre-K system knows all too well.

    The point I’m trying to suggest is that by being a huge corporation with a work culture that promotes online shopping and consumer solutions that route business past Mom & Pops, Amazon as an employer (perhaps without meaning to) would indirectly perpetuate the problems created by its business model.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    It ain’t so! (See other comments in the thread) :)

  • BrooklynHeightzer

    The way I see it, most conventional (non organic) produce is nothing but a slow acting poison! That is where Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and the likes come to the rescue.

  • Arch Stanton

    “slow acting poison” that’s a bug clever, unscrupulous advertisers put into your head. The difference between most “organic” and regular produce is the only label and of course the price.

  • BrooklynHeightzer

    It is a good idea to view the US government agencies with a healthy amount of skepticism, however, I still do have faith in the USDA (responsible for the organic food certification), FDA, EPA and other US agencies, on the flip side of the coin there are out there individuals with some rather radical, anti-government almost anarchist oriented views who believe that all the US government agencies are nothing but a claptrap and fraud.

  • Andrew Porter

    Friday I went to the Spectrum store at 96th and Broadway to get a new remote, and the number of new giant highrise buildings was startling.

    At least that can’t happen here.

  • Arch Stanton
  • Cranberry Beret

    I won’t be afraid to show up and eat my humble pie if it comes to that :) But the fat lady hasn’t sung yet! All that’s happened so far was a vote from the toothless community board. The real show is next week’s hearing at the landmarks commission.

  • The Angry Otaku

    NOOOO I’ve been going there since my parents wheeled me in there in a stroller. I mean, the disgusting 1 story retail concept Robert Moses and Le Corbusier needs to be erased from NYC, but I really hope they can stay. They have so many things that other stores just don’t have.