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Plywood treatment for the former Foot Gear Plus on 1st Avenue as storefront renovation looms

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Last Wednesday, workers surrounded 131 First Ave. with plywood…


[Top photos by Steven]

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!)


[Reader-submitted photo from last wednesday]

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

What’s next for 131 1st Ave., the former Foot Gear Plus space?





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