Vacancies: What Should Replace Chef's Market?

Take to the comments and brainstorm

Downtown Nyack has a piece of ground-level, South Broadway real estate that's been unused for months.

The former Chef's Market shut its doors in 2010, leaving an opportunity for another business.

(Read about Chef's Market short-lived history .)

So, take to the comments and tell us your ideas for former the Chef's Market storefront. What does Nyack need? What sort of merchant could thrive in this location?

No suggestion is too broad or specific—maybe "clothing store" leaps to mind, or "Vietnamese breakfast buffet."

Sound off.

MA December 10, 2012 at 06:43 PM
@Dylan- call the Building Dept @358.4249 to see who you need to have a conversation with & what you need to bring with you (Insurance docs, etc.) to move the process along.
Casi Howell March 26, 2013 at 09:23 PM
What about a basic healthy market that caters to all of nyack and actually accepts snap benefits and W.I.C.?
JC Brotherhood March 26, 2013 at 09:42 PM
This is an excellent point. The process needs to be streamlined. Look what happened up on 9W (Highland Ave) across from the Hospital. Confronted with the Villages land use boards the developer applied to the ARB to redo the windows, got a permit and tore the building down. Learning from "the process" it seems they simply budgeted for the fines they would incur and went ahead and did what they wanted to anyway and paid a good lawyer to go to bat for them after the fact rather than submit themselves to Nyacks "Arbitrary Review Board". There is no legally binding disincentive big enough to work. So why not find ways to encourage compliance rather than discourage development. Have a fast track list IE here is a list of approved windows, doors, siding, signaged etc, pick one from column A and two from Column B. If you want something else thats fine but if you choose these options your approved. Granted issues like bulk lot and usage still need to be more formally addressed. BTW from what I understand the low income fire fighter housing concept was basically shot down because it essentially is discriminatory. A good Idea but it won't hunt. Also there is a lot more to this story that regards O&Rs power distribution that contributed to the failure in a big way. Mr. Sapounas got screwed IMHO.
JC Brotherhood March 26, 2013 at 09:43 PM
We had a nice Italian bakery, Now It's a Bar.
JC Brotherhood March 26, 2013 at 09:49 PM
Profit margins in supermarkets are measured in single digits. Not enough space ant the sorts of asking prices is available in Nyack for a "super-market". A permanent farmers market could work though. But first a lot of money has to be spent to split the power off for the apartments and the Village "Arbitrary Review Board" needs to approve the placement of the transformer required to drive it. Shields sat on his hands throught this whole thing. Sapounas got screwed.


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