The Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation announced yesterday that it has selected Blumenfeld Development Group to build a 74,000-square-foot supermarket complex in the 6-acre Admiral’s Row site. In addition to the supermarket, the $60 million project will include 125,000 square feet of manufacturing space on the market’s upper floors, as well as four other buildings fronting Flushing and Navy Streets that will offer a mix of commercial, retail, and community space across 200,000 square feet.
Calling it “really a suburban shopping center,” by the terms of the RFP Blumenfeld will be required to “take a sustainable approach to development to achieve at least LEED Silver certification for renovated and new buildings – the developer will be required to develop a Best Management Practice Plan in coordination with DEP to include . . . a green roof, planted areas and permeable paving in the parking lot in order to limit stormwater runoff from the Site.”
The Navy Yard, of course, was a military facility for over 150 years until the 1960s and has since been transformed into a mixed-use industrial park. Its expansion – which will include another 1.5 million square feet over the next five years – has incorporated significant sustainable design features in an effort to serve as a model for green industrial parks nationally, from individually redeveloped buildings to alternative energy sources and green construction guidelines.
The Admiral’s Row section was only transferred back to the city from the federal government earlier this year. Two of its seven historic structures will be preserved as part of the Blumenfeld project after preservationists objected to their demolition. The project should break ground sometime next year after Blumenfeld completes ground lease negotiatons with the city and identifies anchor retail tenants, which could include Costco, Target, or Old Navy, for whom Blumenfeld has developed space previously.