Long awaited BJ’s construction begins

Construction has officially begun at 1752 Shore Parkway, the future site of what will be Brooklyn’s third BJ’s Wholesale Club, asBJ’s officials and the developer were joined by Borough President Marty Markowitz, City Councilmember Domenic Recchia and Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President Carlo Scissura at a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, December 17.

“By moving up the construction timetable and creating 300 well-paying jobs, they are helping to drive economic recovery in South Brooklyn,” Markowitz said at the ceremony.“I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: Hurricane Sandy may have battered our city, but as Brooklynites, we will rebuild, rebound and rejoice—and today’s groundbreaking is proof of that.”

“Gravesend, and all of Brooklyn, will be better off as a result of this effort, agreed Scissura.

BJ’s has always valued the relationship with the communities around all of our clubs, and in the aftermath of Sandy we feel fortunate to be able to further extend our reach in Brooklyn to accelerate the recovery, said Dan Smith, regional manager for BJ’s. We hope this project in Gravesend will show Brooklynites our commitment to not just the recovery, but to providing everyday values to the community.

The lot adjacent to the Ceasar’s Bay shopping center where BJ’s is being built was eyed by Thor Equities developer Joe Sitt as a prime location for the big box retailer several years ago. However, the project was forced to clear many hurdles, including intense scrutiny by local government, before being given clearance to proceed.

The current agreement requires the use of local suppliers, contractors and workers during construction. As well, roads may have to be renovated as those in the area are considered unfit to deal with the expected influx of traffic. Further plans for the area include a waterside restaurant and public park space. The other Brooklyn BJ’s are located at Gateway Center and in Canarsie.

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