Looks What’s Happening over at the Brooklyn Navy Yard
A major effort has been underway to bring together the Brooklyn community with its industrial sector, the expansion and revitalization of many areas of the Brooklyn’s Navy Yard.
For years the Brooklyn Navy Yard has been more an area the public has chosen to avoid rather than visit. Entered only by those who are employed at the various industrial and manufacturing space within the yard, the outward appearance has for some time been less than inviting.
But more recently efforts have moved forward to change the appeal of the historic shipyard and as recent as this past May the first major commercial development inside the shipyard in decades broke ground.
A Brief History of the Shipyard
After the American Revolution, a portion of the New York waterfront that played host to merchant shipbuilders and sea goers until 1801 when a large swath of this property was sold to the federal authorities for use as a US Naval Shipyard, later named the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
Its heyday was during WWII, a time when some 70,000 craftsman, engineers and administrators worked around the clock in support of the war effort. Shipyard activities continued on post-war however, by 1966 the Shipyard no longer served the better good of the navy and its doors were officially closed in 1969. Commercial shipbuilding continued for another decade before all shipbuilding activity came to an end. Since that time a number of industrial and manufacturing companies have occupied various buildings throughout what is now referred to as New York Navy Shipyard industrial complex.
Look What’s Coming
On May 5th of this year a major milestone was achieved with the ground breaking for a 675,000 square foot, 16 story commercial office building located at Dock 72. The anchor tenant to this development is WeWork who will occupy 220,000 square feet of shared office space. In total Dock 72 is expected to create 4,000 jobs.
Wegmans supermarket is slated to open in 2017-18 and will be located on the shipyard’s historic Admiral’s Row where additional industrial and retail space will be available. This marks a major step in inviting the public into a part of the city that has been blocked from public access for over 200 years.
Building 77 is the planned public gateway into the shipyard’s retail and commercial sector. It will provide 1,000,000 square feet of commercial space and feature a 60,000 square foot public food hub on the ground level.
Co-anchor tenant to the forthcoming building 77, Brooklyn Brewery will play host to a 75,000 square foot brewery, pub and retail space that features a rooftop beer garden. Finally at the Green Manufacturing Center, there will be a 65,000 facility for the Mast Brothers, who make craft chocolate and non-alcoholic chocolate beer.
And this is just the start. The future looks pretty bright for the old Brooklyn Navy Yard.