Ikea Gets the Army’s Nod

A parking lot and a box on the waterfront.

According to the Brooklyn Eagle (pdf), Swedish superstore-star Ikea is gaining steam in its quest to transform the Brooklyn waterfront into a big blue box.

The cheap-yet-cute furniture chain received approval last Friday from the Army Corps of Engineers to develop its store at Beard and Richards street (just across the way from Lilie’s Bar) in Red Hook. So far, only asbestos has been removed from the site. Now the retailer is free to remove the historic graving docks and shore up deteriorating bulkheads at the New York Shipyard.

-Matthew Grace Ikea Gets the Army’s Nod