Harlem’s decades-old Mart 125 building on road to rebirth

Mart 125 will soon experience a rebirth.

Mart 125,on West 125th Street.

Mart 125,on West 125th Street.

The 67,000-square-foot eyesore on 125th St. near Frederick Douglass Blvd., which has been vacant for more than a decade, will soon house three journalism and documentary filmmaking media-related organizations, a Harlem visitors center run by NYC & Co. and ground floor retail that could include a restaurant, according to officials at the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone.

The latest proposal for the single-story building was made public by the 125th St. Business Improvement District this week.

“The site is the last city site on that corridor,” said Hope Knight, chief operating officer for the empowerment zone. “It’s creating a home for an emerging creative sector in Upper Manhattan.”

Knight would not say which organizations are moving into the space.

The empowerment zone has teamed with local architect Roberta Washington Jonathan Rose Companies, a real estate policy, planning, development and investment firm, to help with the plan.

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