Dekalb Market, the shipping container-style flea market that popped up a little less than year ago in Downtown Brooklyn, is slated to close for good in October. Fort Greene/Clinton Hill Patch reports that the move is happening in order to make room for the second phase of the City Point residential and retail development project, which has been confirmed to include a Century 21.
Our sister site, Eater NY, adds that the news came as a shock to the vendors, since many of them have leases that extend past October, and were told that they had "about five years at the current location." They spoke with Eldon Scott, the director of Urban Space, who explained that the market was never meant to be tied down in the first place.
The project was designed in the beginning to be moveable. We had the opportunity to do it on the site until [the City Point developers] started construction, which is great. Our idea of sustainability is to be lightweight and able to move. So, in terms of the green footprint of this project, it's tremendous. We've been negotiating with a couple of sites, and since the announcement, we've been getting even more interest, so I think we're going to be in a great position to come up with a new awesome location. We're psyched about that. It will not only be cool to demonstrate how it will move, but to demonstrate what we've learned in the first year and to make adjustments in terms of size, layout, and all those things.
In addition to that, Eater also learned that rumors for the new location include East Williamsburg, Gowanus, and, in an interesting turn of events, Meatpacking.
· Dekalb Market to Pack Up For Good [Fort Greene/Clinton Hill Patch]
· Urban Space's Eldon Scott Explains Dekalb Market Move [Eater NY]
· Century 21 Is Officially Coming to the Fulton Street Mall [Racked NY]