New York breaks ground for the first-ever lifestyle center

An official groundbreaking ceremony was recently held for The Shops at Atlas Park, the 400,000 s/f retail and office project in the Glendale section of Queens, soon be the site of New York City’s first-ever lifestyle retail center.

A number of distinguished guests and speakers were on hand for the celebration, including New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Erin Crotty, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, senators Serf Maltese and Michael Balboni, assembly member Michael Cohen, councilman Dennis Gallagher and council member Melinda Katz.

According to Commissioner Crotty, “The Shops at Atlas Park is one of the first sites to participate in New York State’s new brownfield clean-up program. This valuable initiative is helping the private sector to convert under-performing industrial sites into higher and better uses, while meeting state safety and environmental guidelines.  In this case, the brownfield program has aided the owner in its visionary redevelopment of the former industrial complex, which, once complete, will create a spectacular retail center for all to enjoy.”

Executives from A&Co., LLC, the development manager and design architect for the project, were in attendance at the event. Plaza Construction LLC, which served as construction manager for The Shops at Atlas Park during the project’s pre-construction phases, joined in the groundbreaking ceremony as well.

“This is a completely unique concept for New York City,” said Damon Hemmerdinger, the project’s development director.  “The Shops at Atlas Park boasts the ability to appeal to a number of brands that do not yet have stores in Queens, as well as retailers who already know the strength of the market firsthand.  It will be an exciting new destination for Queens residents and a force that keeps jobs and tax money in the city.”

The Shops at Atlas Park, located at 8000 Cooper Ave., will sit on a 12-acre tract of land and feature a 2.5-acre landscaped Ellipse Park.  The park will sit at the center of the complex and serve as its “town center.” It will be surrounded by a unified architectural statement of white-washed buildings.

The project will also encompass two other outdoor public spaces and a 1,000 s/f café pavilion. In total, the site will feature 60 stores and restaurants, comprising 300,000 s/f of space and 1,600 covered parking spaces.

PUBLISHED IN: Real Estate Weekly