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November 7, 2007
MAYOR BLOOMBERG AND SPEAKER QUINN ANNOUNCE PLANS FOR HISTORICAL CENTER AT BROOKLYN NAVY YARD
Green Renovation and Expansion of “Marine Commandant’s Residence” to Preserve History of Navy Yard, Document Growth of City-Owned Industrial Park
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and City Council Speaker
Christine Quinn today announced plans for the Brooklyn Navy Yard Historical
Center, which will be housed in the United States Marine Corps Commandant’s
residence, built in 1857 and now known as Building 92. Once renovated and
expanded, with a modern structure attached to the rear of the building, the
25,000-square-foot facility will house a new center that will celebrate the Navy
Yard’s past, present and future and will provide community meeting space and
office facilities for the Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment (BCUE).
Renovation of Building 92 will include construction of a modern building behind
the current structure, and will achieve LEED status as designated by the United
States Green Building Council. Joining the Mayor and the Speaker at the
announcement were Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn Navy Yard
Development Corporation (BNYDC) President and CEO Andrew H. Kimball, BNYDC
Chairman Alan Fishman, and Pam Green, the Executive Director of the Weeksville
Society Heritage Center.
“New York City, perhaps more than any other city in the
country, is known for its diverse and vibrant historical heritage,” said Speaker
Quinn. “That's why my colleagues in the Council and I are proud to provide
support for the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation as it continues to
work toward making the Brooklyn Navy Yard Historical Center a
BNYDC’s archive has preserved 35,000 architectural plans and is in the process of digitizing another 17,000 images from the National Archives that will supplement the content development for the exhibit. BNYDC is also partnering with a local author, Jennifer Egan, to develop an oral history through interviews with women who worked at the Navy Yard during WWII. This will be the first of a number of oral history projects that will be accessible both on-line and on site at the historical center. As a part of its efforts to involve the local community in this project, BNYDC will work with a group of freshman students at Benjamin Banneker Academy to provide input on exhibition, building design and construction issues while gaining invaluable real world experience. Lead private funding for the exhibition has been committed by the Independence Community Foundation (ICF).
“ICF is proud to be the lead in providing private funding for the Navy Yard Historical Center,” said Marilyn Gelber, Executive Director of Independence Community Foundation. “For too long, the treasures of the Brooklyn Navy Yard had been cut off from the site’s adjacent communities. This exciting project will provide access to and context for the Yard’s rich military and industrial history, while simultaneously introducing visitors and students to the Yard’s current tenants: the media and green manufacturing firms in the vanguard of Brooklyn’s economic renaissance. We are particularly pleased that the Brooklyn Historical Society, another ICF granted and esteemed local institution, will offer technical assistance to this far reaching endeavor.”
In October 2006, Mayor Bloomberg and BNYDC launched a three-year, $250 million privately-financed expansion of the Navy Yard, supported by $210 million in infrastructure improvements from the City, that is resulting in the creation of 1.3 million square feet of new space and 1,500 new jobs over three years. The expansion includes:
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 building. This is expected to be nation’s first LEED Silver-certified, multi-tenant, multi-story industrial building in the United States. BNYDC plans to undertake additional measures intended to transform the Navy Yard into America’s “greenest” industrial park.
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.
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