There’s been no official information from Extell Development, the owner of the former Cherry Street Pathmark site, since the store closed in 2012. Extell plans to begin demolition soon in preparation for a large-scale residential project on the parcel. In the next several weeks, local residents are hopeful they’ll start to learn more about the construction timetable and other details of a complex that is certain to dwarf all other buildings in the Two Bridges neighborhood.
At last week’s Community Board 3 meeting, District Manager Susan Stetzer said developers have signaled a willingness to appear before the April 9 meeting of CB3’s land use committee. Representatives of Extell have said the architectural plans are not yet finalized, but they are amenable to providing a general briefing for the community. They are also planning, neighborhood activists say, to hold a separate briefing for people living adjacent to the construction site.
Typically, developers only appear before the community board when they’re asking for zoning variances or when they’re purchasing city-owned property. The project, at 227 Cherry St., is expected to be an “as-of-right” development, meaning no city approvals are required beyond routine Department of Buildings sign-off. If Extell agrees to come before CB3, it will be a voluntary courtesy call.
The Buildings Department approved Extell’s demolition plan in January.