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October 24, 2006
MAYOR BLOOMBERG BREAKS GROUND FOR 400,000-SQUARE-FOOT EXPANSION AT BROOKLYN NAVY YARD
City-Owned Industrial Park Expects to Generate 800 New Jobs, a Supermarket and Business Opportunities for Local Minority- and Women-owned Contractors
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation (BNYDC) President and CEO Andrew H. Kimball today broke ground on an 89,000-square foot industrial building on Perry Avenue in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The project, to be developed for multi-tenant occupancy, is part of a seven-building expansion initiative over the next three years that is expected to generate up to 800 new jobs at one of the City’s largest and most successful industrial centers. The expansion program – the largest such initiative at the historic site since World War II – will create 401,900 square feet of additional industrial capacity at the 300-acre Navy Yard, which presently encompasses four million square feet of industrial space. The expansion is expected to include a 60,000-square-foot supermarket on the perimeter of the Navy Yard to serve the needs of surrounding communities. In addition, the initiative will seek to maximize employment opportunities for local residents and generate new business opportunities for minority- and women-owned contractors. Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Council Members Letitia James, David Yassky and Albert Vann, and BNYDC Chairman Alan H. Fishman attended the groundbreaking.
“Two years ago, we pledged to undertake a major investment to expand the Brooklyn Navy Yard as part of the City’s five borough economic growth strategy and today, we are fulfilling that commitment,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “The Brooklyn Navy Yard is an outstanding source of jobs and economic development activity for New Yorkers, but it is filled to capacity and needs to grow so that more jobs can be created. This ground breaking is another terrific example of our Administration’s determination to strengthen the city’s industrial sector, which is a vital part of our economy. By helping to add hundreds of new jobs at this world-class industrial park, the City is also strengthening the economic health of its surrounding neighborhoods. A large proportion of Navy Yard workers reside in the nearby communities of Fort Greene, Williamsburg and Bedford-Stuyvesant, and we will make sure that this expansion provides further employment opportunities for neighborhood residents.”
“Nothing demonstrates the Brooklyn renaissance better than the transformation of a symbol of our borough’s industrial soul, the Navy Yard, into a modern, world-class urban manufacturing center that will create more jobs and employ green building principles and materials, which are always welcome in Brooklyn,” said Borough President Markowitz.
“Thanks to Mayor Bloomberg and his Administration’s extraordinary commitment to this unique industrial park, the Navy Yard will now enlarge its role as a vital economic development resource for the people of New York City,” said BNYDC President and CEO Kimball. “We will continue to work closely with new and existing tenants to help ensure their success, and we will continue to work closely with the community to help maximize employment opportunities.”
“The Navy Yard plays a critical role in the economic life of Brooklyn, and also in maintaining the strength of New York City’s industrial sector,” said BNYDC Chairman Alan Fishman. “Mayor Bloomberg has been particularly instrumental in promoting the Navy Yard’s expansion, and we are proud to join him in breaking ground on the next chapter of the Navy Yard’s rich history.”
BNYDC, along with new and growing Navy Yard tenants, will bear expansion costs associated with construction of the seven new buildings, which will have an estimated value of $106 million. Construction of the $20 million Perry Avenue project – situated on an underutilized tract of land – is expected to be financed through JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. with the participation of other locally based banks. As an essential complement to expansion activity associated with new construction, the City’s capital budget is providing $140 million for infrastructure improvements at the Yard over the next three years. The Administration has already invested $70 million in the industrial park’s infrastructure.
In addition to the Perry Avenue project, the Mayor announced that partial demolition and rehabilitation work would soon begin at Building 128. Three new industrial buildings will replace a large, deteriorating structure. The new structures – focused on the fast-growing food manufacturing and processing sector – together represent 138,400 square feet of added capacity. A current Navy Yard tenant, Agger Fish Corporation, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to serve as anchor tenant for the food industry complex. The company has entered into a land lease with BNYDC to build a new 20,000-square-foot facility to house its food manufacturing and distribution operations.
The Mayor also announced that two additional industrial buildings encompassing approximately 175,000 square feet of new capacity would be built using land to be made available through shrinkage of the NYPD tow pound at the corner of Sands Street and Navy Street. In addition to the added capacity, the tow pound redevelopment includes the renovation and preservation of the historic Sands Street gate entryway.
The 401,900-square-foot expansion being initiated today represents Phase I of the Navy Yard’s growth plans. Phase II of the expansion plan is being finalized and will include up to 1.5 million square feet of added industrial space in the Yard’s eastern portion. Taken together, the combined projected growth of 1.9 million square feet would expand the site’s overall industrial capacity by nearly 50%.
In keeping with the Administration’s commitment to increase energy efficiency and conserve water by building sustainable buildings, BNYDC will apply to the U.S. Green Building Council for a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver rating for the Perry Avenue project. This is expected to be one of the few LEED Silver-certified, multi-tenant industrial buildings in the United States. BNYDC plans to undertake additional measures intended to transform the Navy Yard into America’s “greenest” industrial park.
BNYDC has a long-standing commitment to creating employment opportunities for local residents while expanding opportunities for minority- and women-owned contractors (MWBE). The corporation has hired TDX Construction Corporation of Manhattan as construction manager for the Perry Avenue project and the tow pound redevelopment.
The BNYDC-sponsored Brooklyn Navy Yard Employment Center has placed more than 1,000 people from nearby communities in jobs over the last four years. More than half of those jobs have been with companies operating inside the Navy Yard. More than 25% of the overall, permanent Navy Yard workforce comes from surrounding neighborhoods.
BNYDC is a not-for-profit corporation that manages the Navy Yard under a lease with the City of New York. BNYDC leases space in the Yard, promotes local economic development, develops underutilized areas and oversees modernization of the Yard’s infrastructure. The corporation’s board of directors is comprised of leaders of Brooklyn’s economic development community.
Established in 1801, the Brooklyn Navy Yard served as one of America’s preeminent military facilities for more than 150 years. Closed by the federal government in 1966, the City of New York subsequently assumed ownership and re-opened the Yard as an industrial park. The City-owned industrial park now operates at 99% capacity and is growing to meet significant demand for space from new industrial tenants. The Navy Yard presently houses more than 230 private-sector firms that provide approximately 4,000 permanent jobs, half of which are held by Brooklyn residents. In addition, on a daily basis, the industrial park is home to between 500 and 1,000 temporary, production-related positions associated with Steiner Studios, a full-service production facility situated at the Navy Yard.
Stu Loeser/Jennifer Falk (212) 788-2958
Steve Vitoff (for BNYDC) (212) 889-0808
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