UPDATE: Hidden City reports that a Checkers says the deal to open there fell through and that the site plan now says that location is available. But it still shows what’s available is a drive-through restaurant with parking, and not a vacant, historical, usable firehouse.
After a potentially positive meeting last week about the Engine 46 firehouse – in which the owner said they’d be open to saving it if they could find a tenant – the discovery of this schematic is troubling.
This image comes from a demographic profile Cedar Realty Trust has on its website to market the entire Riverview shopping center along Columbus Boulevard from Washington Avenue down to Dickinson Street. Each property is listed with square footage and current tenants.
Rather than listing the Engine 46 property as available, as many others are, the schematic shows a Checkers with a drive-through and a parking lot.
Though we haven’t been able to confirm that this is correct, it appears to undermine CEO Bruce Schanzer’s statement, as relayed through Councilman Mark Squilla, that his company wanted to clear the land to make the lot more marketable to tenants. Schanzer also reportedly said that Cedar Realty was open to finding a new tenant for the current building.
But does this schematic mean they’ve had a plan all along and just didn’t want to tell neighbors that a drive-though Checkers would replace a distinctive building from 1894?
The local property manager referred us to the corporate headquarters, where we left a message this morning. We’ll keep you posted if we hear anything back.
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