School Construction Authority spends $28M on BK supermarket site

Agency had been looking to take over the site via eminent domain
By Eddie Small | June 28, 2018 11:45AM

4525 8th Avenue in Brooklyn (Credit: Google Maps)

The city is planning to build a new school on a former C Town in Sunset Park.

The New York City School Construction Authority has purchased the supermarket site at 4525 8th Avenue for $28 million, according to property records. The agency purchased it from 4509 Eighth LLC, which is controlled by investor Wei (Ricky) Guo.

Last year, the SCA was looking into taking over the property through eminent domain, according to DNAinfo. The owners had originally planned to build a mixed-use project with condominiums and a supermarket on the site, but the city wanted to use the space for two new elementary schools for students in pre-K through fifth grade.

Representatives from the SCA did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Michael Rikon, an attorney representing the investors behind the LLC, said they were very happy with the price they received, despite some initial reluctance to give up the property. They had purchased the site in 2015 for $15.8 million.

“The School Authority really came up to what I was asking on behalf of the client,” Rikon said. “It was very close to what I asked for.”

The SCA filed the ninth largest project in New York in January at 1-35 57th Avenue in Queens, where the agency is planning a school spanning 75,093 square feet.