Anyone looking for a suburban-style mall has to travel to the outer edges of New York City, but there are a few sprawling commercial centers for New Yorkers who can drive to the southern reaches of Brooklyn. One of those malls is Ceasar’s Bay Shopping Center, a couple of acres of chain stores and parking lots on the shore of Gravesend Bay.
Real estate investment company Surrey Equities has filed plans for a new building at the complex, which sits on the border between Gravesend and Bath Beach. The commercial structure at 1684 Shore Parkway would be a single-story, 11,500-square-foot building. It would boost the mall’s size to a whopping 312,366 square feet of commercial space.
Leon Silvera, the co-founder of Surrey, told YIMBY that the new addition would have a mix of “food and service-oriented tenants.” The building hasn’t been leased up yet, but Ripco Realty is handling the marketing and leasing.
Current tenants at Ceasar’s Bay include Kohl’s, Toys R Us, Best Buy, Five Guys, Modell’s, and Starbucks. The parking lot has 1,200 spaces. The properties next door are home to a BJ’s, New York Sports Club, a small amusement park, Bayside Fuel Oil, the Department of Sanitation, and a large marina.
The mall and its big parking lot are bounded by the bay; the Belt, Shore, and Bay Parkways; and a large waterfront public park. The area is technically zoned for heavy manufacturing, but all kinds of retail development are allowed.
Flatiron-based Scott Henson Architect applied for the permits.