As Illustrated: How to Turn a Gas Station Into a Top Retail Destination


The Meatpacking District had already seen rapid-fire gentrification when, in 2008, a Mobil station at the entrance to the neighborhood sold for $60 million and buzz circulated that it would go retail. Months after the sale, the High Line park opened and completed the once-gritty district’s transformation. Now, new owners are redeveloping the old gas station for 17,000 square feet of retail use. We talked to experts involved in the property’s lease and redesign–and savvy about the Meatpacking District’s latest and greatest evolution–about what should prove an increasingly common type of conversion.

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