The cloak of secrecy is being lifted at that Kick Up space (which encompasses Kick Up, Novo 64 Sales Office, Soba Leather, Garo's Bootery, Viva Bimbi, and Rouge).
A big sign has been put up on top of the property advertising a new building and lots (21k) of available space. One of our commenters has said Rouge is already gone. Leasing is being handled by Staubach Retail, based in Dallas. And yes, its founder and CEO is that Staubach. From The Real Deal.net:
Staubach, founded in 1977 by star Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach, who remains chairman and CEO of the company, is also trying to boost its New York market share. Staubach entered the market 10 years ago, and it now has two New York City offices with 41 brokers. The company has 60 offices nationwide."We're the organization that's still up and coming," said Peter Hennessy, 46, president of Staubach New York. "We still have a long way to go."
So this is major league stuff - not no Gabriel Development. That row of stores is just too valuable to host the C-listers they have there now. I have no problem with this but it will be impossible to drive down Austin Street - but how many of us drive to Austin Street anyway?
Only complaint - the design of the building looks a little stale. I much prefered the one by Caliendo. But it's tough to go by renderings.