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The BJ’s Wholesale Club destined for the Red Hook waterfront might be part of a six-level shopping plaza with several other stores and even some residential units, The Brooklyn Paper has learned.

Documents obtained by The Paper reveal that developer Joe Sitt wants to renovate a historic warehouse on the former Revere sugar refinery site; erect several new buildings for shopping, parking and housing; and create — by 2011 — a 40-feet-wide public esplanade along the water’s edge of the Beard Street property next door to the recently opened Ikea.

While Sitt’s company, Thor Equities, said it has not reached a deal with BJ’s and would not comment about the “request for proposals” that Sitt issued this summer, if the plans are still current and the city approves a zoning change to allow commercial and residential development, the project would make Red Hook one of the borough’s major big box retail destinations.

The documents, which were part of a package to solicit bids from architects to build the shopping plaza, sought proposals “to maximize commercial retail square-footage” of at least 400,000 square feet — more than 14 percent larger than Red Hook’s Ikea.

The latest RFP builds on earlier versions of the plan that have circulated since Sitt bought the site in 2005 for $40 million.

Red Hook residents who fought tooth and nail against Ikea are delaying judgment on this newer retail project.

“Caution is the code word for the day,” said John McGettrick of the Red Hook Civic Association. “I have many more questions than I have answers [about Thor’s plans].”

For others, opposition is in full bloom.

“A waterfront is our most-limited land resource, so I think this is not the right place [for such a project],” said John Quadrozzi, who owns the nearby Gowanus Industrial Park, a waterfront manufacturing site.

This story was updated at 12:30 pm on Friday, Sept. 26, adding a comment from Thor Equities denying a deal had been struck with BJ’s.

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BD from REDHOOK./CARROLL GDNS says:
Yes it would be wonderful to have BJ'S, here in Red Hook Mall. There is so much wonderful space out there to get a mall or mini one- with all these businesses. That way, it is a one stop avenue to shop. Park, shop and eat. Look at the river and relax. Its great. I love to shop at Ikea, abit at Fairway. When prices are reasonable, shopping gets done. Ikea bus, is great, to just hop on, and go shoppping, in three great locations- Joralemon Street, 9th Street, and 4th Avenue. What convenience.
Sept. 25, 2008, 12:08 pm
Jesse from redhook says:
Is your headline editor not paying attention today?
Sept. 25, 2008, 3:33 pm
M says:
Seriously, between this and "Oral Text," they're pretty bad.
Sept. 25, 2008, 6:53 pm
William from Montreal says:
What a boring article this turned out to be.
Sept. 26, 2008, 12:02 pm
Danielle from West Brooklyn says:
Sweet headline. Who knew!
Sept. 26, 2008, 1:55 pm
Hooker in Need from Red Hook says:
Did anyone read this headline before it was published?
Sept. 26, 2008, 2:58 pm
Douglas Clovin from Forrest Hills says:
Do I need a memembership for that? I certainly could handle getting that wholesale.
Sept. 27, 2008, 2:29 am
——ller yertits—— from easthook says:
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Sept. 27, 2008, 7:11 am
Razz from Hizzle says:
I thought hookers were supposed to give bjs, not get bjs
Sept. 27, 2008, 4:12 pm
Chris says:
THIS WAS A VERY POORLY WORDED HEADLINE! LOL
Sept. 29, 2008, 12:34 am
Butters from Miami FL says:
you might want to re-think that headline...
Sept. 29, 2008, 12:05 pm
Rich from Indiana says:
How much?
Sept. 29, 2008, 2:27 pm
Jennifer from Baltimore, MD says:
This is just silly nonsense.
Sept. 30, 2008, 8:13 am
theodore from hyde park says:
i imagine we are talking about male/tranny prostitutes here.
it is good to receive...
Sept. 30, 2008, 12:58 pm
Manhattanite from UES says:
That headline was the most flagrant case of false advertising I've ever seen.
Sept. 30, 2008, 1:38 pm
Shellie from Chicago says:
There could not be a more misleading headline to a story.
Sept. 30, 2008, 4:47 pm
Mojo Jojo from East side says:
Hmm, are you sure they're not =giving= them?
Oct. 1, 2008, 10:12 pm

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