Schuckman Realty, a Woodbury-based real estate firm, was recently selected to manage the site owned by the Hemmerdinger family in a two-phase development process expected for completion by the spring of 2016. Phase one is slated for the fall of 2015.
While Schuckman Realty representatives said they are not prepared to make a comment and have yet to release information as to the types of businesses expected for the new shopping center between 84th St. and the Shops at Atlas Park, they do allude to plans for three anchor tenants and a grocery store in documents outlining the development design.
According to the Schuckman Realty website, they have plans to announce the results of current “negotiations with numerous big box retailers” at a later date.
Meanwhile, they have released that the, ”suburban style shopping center,” has the possibility for stores and restaurants between 1,000 and 14,500 square feet with outdoor seating and drive-thru options.
With size constraints taken into consideration, Community Board 5 chairman Vincent Arcuri speculated that a Fairway Market could be a possibility for a small-scale grocery store anchor.
“I think Fairway has been going into smaller restaurant type locations in Manhattan,” he suggested.
As for the possibility for success, he added that it all comes down to advertising.
“It all depends on how good Schuckman Realty is at marketing and what kind of leases they use,” he said.
Brian Dooley, president of the Glendale Property Owners Association, said many residents are opposed to the idea of an additional shopping center on Cooper Avenue.
“Atlas Park has already had enough problems attracting foot traffic to be a viable place,” Dooley said, “why would they even think about doing this type of thing next door?”
Dooley did, however, add that under the right circumstances, an alternative to Stop and Shop could be a positive change for the neighborhood.
“If they put a Whole Foods there or something, it is guaranteed to be popular,” he said. “If there is enough parking and a big enough draw, I think people could be in favor of it.”