Development underway at Trump Village Shopping Center
Cammeby’s constructing commercial-residential complex
The redevelopment of the former Trump Village Shopping Center is underway in Coney Island.
On Tuesday, the real estate firm Cammeby’s unveiled plans for Neptune/Sixth, a new project featuring a mix of retail, commercial, residential and public spaces to be built at two locations: 532 Neptune Ave., where the shopping center stands, and 626 Sheepshead Bay Road.
At 40 stories, the Neptune Avenue building will be the tallest structure in Coney Island.
Neptune/Sixth will house a variety of services and retail options, while at the same time adding amenities that the community could really use, including more than 800 parking spaces, according to the announcement.
Construction on the development’s first phase, a seven-story, 161,000-square-foot retail and commercial building at 626 Sheepshead Bay Road, has already begun and is expected to be completed by the summer of 2017.
Cammeby’s plans to begin work on the retail part of the development at 532 Neptune Ave., comprising 90,000 square feet, this fall. The second phase of work at the Neptune Avenue site is scheduled to break ground in late 2017.
“As longtime investors in Coney Island, we appreciate the unique cultural fabric of this community and have approached Neptune/Sixth with an eye toward creating a true neighborhood destination that supports the needs of residents and positively contributes to the area,” said Jacob Cohen of Cammeby’s. “We look forward to providing existing Coney Island retailers and services with an updated and modern environment in which to grow their businesses, while also welcoming new tenants to enhance the base of amenities for the neighborhood.”
The Coney Island development was designed by the New York-based firm S9 Architecture.
“In our planning for Neptune/Sixth, we worked to gain a deep understanding of the neighborhood, its residents and businesses,” said Navid Maqami, the design principal at S9 Architecture. “Our goal is to transform the existing fragmented fabric into a vibrant urban place where people can work, shop and live. The two sites separated by elevated tracks will be linked through careful interventions under the tracks as well as use of similar materials and architectural vocabulary.”
The project is not without controversial, however.
In May, Sheepshead Bites reported that neighbors living near the Trump Village Shopping Center site have complained about pre-construction excavations being done. Residents have also sounded an alarm over the possibility that the construction would unleash toxic chemicals from a gas plant formerly located at the site.
City Comptroller Scott Stringer expressed concerns about the project at a town hall meeting in Coney Island in 2015.
“The skylines in our city change, and they must. But they have to change in a rational way with community consultation,” Stringer told residents at the town hall.
For more information on the project, visit www.neptunesixth.com.
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