Community Meeting on Revised Plan for 5th Ave Key Food
You are invited to a community meeting to learn about the revised proposal for the 5th Avenue Key Food at 120 5th Avenue in Park Slope. On Tuesday November 1 at 6:30 pm, a group of community organizations and elected officials will present the results of our months-long negotiation with the developer, Avery Hall Investments (AHI). Come ask questions, share your feedback, and get involved:
Back in February, at a public meeting with over 400 neighbors, AHI presented a proposal to redevelop the site and replace the Key Food supermarket with two new buildings with 165 residential units (25% of which would be affordable) and ground-floor retail (including a small, 7,500 square foot supermarket).
Following the strong, unified reaction to the loss of one of our neighborhood’s few full-scale supermarkets, AHI agreed to address the community’s concerns in good faith.
A group of neighborhood organizations, local leaders, and elected officials formed the “Key Food Community Stakeholder Group” (the full list of groups and individuals is below). We worked hard to include many diverse points of view – nearby neighbors, regular Key Food shoppers, homeowners, tenants, public housing residents, and local businesses. We took the time to listen to community residents, research options, and build a strong consensus. We were then able to engage in a constructive dialogue with AHI.
After more than six months, the negotiations between the Key Food Stakeholder Group and AHI have reached a conclusion. Because our neighbors came together and spoke with a united voice, meaningful progress has been made to address the community’s priorities. The stakeholder group will present the details on November 1st – and recommend that neighbors lend their broad support toward proceeding with the revised proposal. We believe this is a big win for our community (and for community organizing).
You can find more information, including history of the 5th Avenue Key Food site, press coverage, and the stakeholder group’s position, at www.fifthave.org/key-food-redevelopment
I look forward to seeing you on November 1.
Key Food Community Stakeholder Group:
The Key Food Community Stakeholder Group was convened by the Fifth Avenue Committee, in conjunction with City Council Member Brad Lander. It includes a range of neighborhood organizations and leaders from Park Slope, Boerum Hill, Gowanus, and local public housing.
Participating groups include: Fifth Avenue Committee, Forth on Fourth Avenue Committee, Park Slope Civic Council, Park Slope Neighbors, Park Slope North HDFC, the Fifth Avenue BID, Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE), the Boerum Hill Association, Inquilinos Unidos/Tenants United, the Save the Key Food! advocacy group, and NYCHA Tenant Association leadership from Gowanus, Wyckoff Gardens, and Warren Street Houses.
Participating elected officials include: City Council Member Brad Lander, City Council Member Stephen Levin, Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon, State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, Congressmember Nydia Velázquez, Borough President Eric L. Adams, Comptroller Scott Stringer, and Public Advocate Letitia James. Representatives of the de Blasio Administration have also participated in the group.