This building is open for business!
The new retail and office center on Coney Island’s Sheepshead Bay Road finally opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 23. The lead developer of the Neptune-Sixth project said his goal is for Southern Brooklynites to be able to shop and work without needing to venture to Manhattan.
“We need to have resources for our residents here locally,” said Avi Schron to the crowd of about 50 people who had gathered for the opening. “We’re happy to be able to fill that need.”
Cammeby’s new, seven-story, glassy building between Shell Road and W. Sixth Street officially opened on May 23, and new tenants can now move in at any time, but much of the space is already spoken for.
The beloved DII department store on Neptune Avenue will move there in September. A post office, Kruppa Cards, I & M Wines & Liquors, and other companies are also booked for the building, and there is parking on the second floor. The building is part of the company’s wider plans to build modern spaces in Coney Island, including a 41-story residential tower with ground-floor retail on Neptune Avenue, which is set to open in early 2019.
The developers believe the Sheepshead Bay Road building will help give Coney Island a makeover. The vice president of development at Cammeby’s said this mission is important to the company because they own many residential buildings in Southern Brooklyn.
“It’s part of a full neighborhood revitalization,” said Jack Rothenberg, who is from Midwood. “We saw a good opportunity to bring much needed retail and office space.”
A few politicians and local police officers came to the ribbon-cutting, and locals pushing strollers and carts stopped to watch as well. The local district manager said the building continues the development in Coney Island, pointing to the Ford Ampitheater and Luna Park.
“I think new developments coming to the neighborhood is exciting,” said Community Board 13’s Eddie Mark.