The space where once dingy and troubled Purlieu nightclub was before closing doors after a list of violations will be converted into a row of restaurants and retail stores.
The new landlord is hoping to fill the 6,800 square foot property, located on 36th Avenue and 34th Street with a string of up to six different types of stores, according to DNAinfo.
The project is called “The Shoppes at 36th” and plans showed that the new renovations will divide the one story building into several smaller storefronts. Each storefront will measure around 1,200 to 1,300 square feet. There have also been talks of an additional story added to the building. If approved, the second story will most likely be rented to community facilities like day care centers or doctor’s offices.
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The previous tenants, Purlieu nightclub, closed a few months after a livery cab driver was shot in the head. Outrage by community leaders and a list of violations quickly shut the club down.
The building was purchased last August for $3.7 million by 3312 36th Ave Realty LLC.
According to Dean Rosenzweig from the realty group CBRE (who are marketing the project), “what they envision is shops that would resonate well with the current and future community of the area — things like higher-end coffee shops, higher-end restaurants, maybe a small gym.”
Rosenzweig also weighed in on large chain stores and national retailers who might be looking to utilize the space and open doors in Astoria. He stated there was potential for setting up shops if they were to “appropriately fit in the community.”