Quantcast
Could this building become a McDonald’s? - Brooklyn Paper

Could this building become a McDonald’s?

Sold! This MTA building on Smith Street will get spruced up now that it has been bought, the new owners say.
The Brooklyn Paper / Tom Callan

The MTA is about to sell its much-bemoaned monolithic building on hip Smith Street — and the purchaser could be McDonald’s.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority confirmed that the agency is “in negotiations with a buyer” for its drab, gray two-story building on the corner of Wyckoff Street.

The transit authority won’t discuss the identity of the potential purchaser, but neighborhood gossip is centering on the possibility that — gasp! — a national fast food restaurant like McDonald’s will make an unexpected addition to Brooklyn’s Restaurant Row.

That said, people are eager for a new owner to remake the corner lot, especially if the windowless building is torn down.

“The building is an eyesore and a lost opportunity,” said Jeff Strabone, the former president of the Cobble Hill Association.

The MTA put the property on the market last March. It acquired the building more than 10 years ago and used it as a base during repairs of the F and G lines, which lie beneath Smith Street.

McDonald’s spokeswoman Zoe Hamburger — yes, that is her name (and she’s heard all the jokes, people) — did not return repeated calls for comment.

More from Around New York

>