Published On: Mon, Jun 1st, 2015

Food Chains Sign for Spaces at Jared Kushner and Aby Rosen’s Dumbo Heights

The Brooklyn development is on land that belonged to the Jehovah's Witnesses.


Dumbo view with the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan in background

Fast food restaurants Dig Inn, taqueria Dos Toros and the sandwich shop Untamed Sandwiches have all signed to open branches at the new Dumbo Heights development in Brooklyn, the Daily News has reported. Jared Kushner, Aby Rosen and Asher Abehsera are developing the site which once belonged to the Jehovah’s Witnesses denomination.

Dig Inn will take up 2, 525 square feet at 55 Prospect St. Dos Toros will take up 1, 562 square feet at 117 Adams Street and Untamed Sandwiches will take 1, 459 square feet there.

The developers are also looking to create a sort of bus stop for people who are waiting for rides from Uber and a British-style pub might take space at 77 Sands St. and coffee brand Blue Stone Lane is also signed.

The area will not be limited to big chain outlets. BikeSmith, a small local bike store and repair shop, has signed to take 1, 800 square feet of space on Prospect Street.

“This is really going to change peoples’ perceptions of this whole area of Dumbo, ” Larry Rosenbloom of Zyscovich Architects, who managed the transformation of the retail told the Daily News. “It’s going to turn it into an active, vibrant community.”

Abeshera said that so far the in the residential area. “People haven’t had anywhere to eat or shop. Now, the retail is catching up.”

Formerly home to the Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Dumbo Heights complex will have 1.4 million square feet over five buildings. Their interiors are mostly unfinished and offer substantial space for media walls and sculptures. Underneath them there will be the latest in fiber optics and wireless technology.

“We really want to create a product you won’t find anywhere else in Brooklyn, or most of the city for that matter, ” Kushner told the New York “This is really Class-A space — the dark fiber, the new elevators, the restaurants and roof decks — inside the classic industrial spaces these firms love.”

The three remaining buildings there are commercial and have a total of 600, 000 square feet. Space there is currently going for the mid $50 per square foot range, but the developers are trying to get in the mid $60 range for the vacant upper floors. Besides the site’s iconic sky bridges, the complex is bound together by its

Developer Abehsera has the job of filling the site’s 90, 000 square feet of ground floor retail space with restaurants and shops that will fit in with the new style of Brooklyn, such as gluten free bakeries, hip bistros and sushi bars.. “It’s going to be like our little hipster kibbutz, ” Abehsera told the New York Times.

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