Brooklyn Navy Yard Lands Two Tenants in Bid to Become NYC’s Green Manufacturing Hub

In deals totaling 130,000 square feet, two tenants have agreed to anchor a new Green Manufacturing Center at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, an effort that the city hopes will help spur manufacturing and innovation within the environment-friendly technology sector.

Rendering of the Brooklyn Navy Yard's Green Manufacturing Center, slated for a late 2013 completion.

In deals totaling 130,000 square feet, two tenants have agreed to anchor a new Green Manufacturing Center at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Crye Precision, which manufactures body armor and clothing for the federal government, will take 80,000 square feet, while Macro Sea’s New Lab will be a 50,000-square-foot product development space for designers, researchers, and digital manufacturers.

The three buildings that will house the Center are former machinery manufacturing shops that date from World War II and have remained empty ever since. Blocks of space in the 220,000-square-foot Center will range from 5000 to 50,000 square feet – designed to attract the kinds of smaller tenants that currently lease space at the rest of the Navy Yard, where asking rents generally run at approximately $15 per square foot.

The concept behind the Green Manufacturing Center is to develop and foster collaboration between New York City’s design and research institutions and technology companies in order to continue revitalizing Gotham’s manufacturing sector. “This project highlights the very close links between local universities and this new generation of design-intensive manufacturing that’s going on in New York,” Andrew Kimball, president and chief executive of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation told the Wall Street Journal. The Center should generate at least 300 jobs – including an additional 100 for Crye (which is already a Navy Yard tenant).

Construction on the Green Manufacturing Center is slated to begin this summer, last 18 months, and cost approximately $46 million. Structural components of the existing buildings – whose exteriors and roofs will be replaced – will be reused; Cybul Partnership of Edgewater, New Jersey designed the project, which will seek at least a LEED Silver rating from USGBC.

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2 Responses to Brooklyn Navy Yard Lands Two Tenants in Bid to Become NYC’s Green Manufacturing Hub

  1. John Bartelstone Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 8:11 pm #

    It’s great these wonderful buildings will be used again, but I would like to mention that they have not been idle for very long. The largest in the group, Bldg 128 was until 2005, the warehouse and showroom for Maritime Works. That company sells large hydraulic and mechanical presses. Building 28 was used at different times by Sweet ‘n Low , a mattress company and a scenery shop. Building 123 and the covered courtyard behind it were occupied by an electric motor repair company. Prior to their use by these concerns, the complex was part of the assembly line that SeaTrain Shipbuilding maintained at the Yard. They built three cargo vessels at the Yard starting a few years after the Navy moved out and ceased operations by 1980. Building 128 was built around 1899. 123 was built at about the time of the Civil War. Building 28 (originally the Boiler Shop) was build in two segments, first in the Nineteenth century and then in the 1940′s.

  2. Stephen Del Percio Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 6:22 pm #

    Thanks for the additional information, John!

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