Plywood treatment for the former Foot Gear Plus on 1st Avenue as storefront renovation looms
Last Wednesday, workers surrounded 131 First Ave. with plywood…
We received several queries about what was happening to this single-level storefront at St. Mark’s Place that was home to Foot Gear Plus for 40-plus years until July 2018.
According to the work permit on file with the city, in the DOB’s ALL-CAP STYLE: “THIS JOB IS IN HUB SELF-SERVICE AND CANNOT BE VIEWED UNTIL ACCEPTED.” (Boo!)
The property had been on the sales market, with a pitch mentioning 4,150 square feet of air rights.
According to a filing that hit public records in November, the property changed hands for $3.85 million. The new owner is an LLC that shares an address with HUBB NYC Properties LLC, a real-estate operating company.
Late last November, the retail-for-rent signage went up on the corner space.
The listing with Meridian Capital shows that the storefront can be divided up into three smaller spaces … with a “brand new build out.”
Presumably the plywood represents the start of this new build out for retail use… and not a demolition for use as a residential spot.
Meanwhile, as EVG reader Elissa notes, the plywood has been tagged and wheatpasted…
Previously on EV Grieve:
After nearly 40 years, Foot Gear Plus is closing on 1st Avenue and St. Mark’s Place