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Defunct gas station may become retail

Realty group seeks tenant for the unused Metropolitan Avenue site

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Posted: Thursday, June 12, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:23 am, Thu Jun 19, 2014.

The unoccupied former Gulf gas station near the border of Rego Park and Middle Village may soon become a retail space.

The Manhattan-based Ripco Real Estate firm is seeking a tenant to take over 5,000 square feet of retail space at the unused site at 90-04 Metropolitan Ave. in Rego Park, on the southeast corner of the intersection with Woodhaven Boulevard.

The gas station closed last year and the only work that has taken place at the site was the removal of the underground fuel tanks and various Gulf signage around the lot, according to Department of Buildings’ records.

Harris Reichenbaum, the Ripco agent assigned to the listing, said he did not have the authority to speak to the media about the plans for the site when contacted by the Chronicle.

However, the listing for the address on Ripco’s website states that any tenant’s possession of the building would take place one year from signing and that pylon signage will be made available.

The listing also states that the property stretches for 132 feet along Woodhaven Boulevard and 119 along Metropolitan Avenue.

It is unclear whether any remediation of the grounds would need to be done in order to clean up any oil or gas leaks that may have occurred over the years.

According to city financial records, the lot has yet to be sold.

Calls for comment made to Community Board 6 were not returned by press time.

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