New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has earmarked $136 million for the “Made in NY Campus” in Brooklyn.
NEW YORK CITY—New York City has begun the process of securing a food retailer and manufacturing concern to take over one of the buildings at Mayor Bill de Blasio’s future “Made in NY Campus” in Sunset Park in Brooklyn.
The New York City Economic Development Corp. has issued a Request for Expressions of Interest for the lease and operation of a 7,500-square-foot currently vacant building for food retail and food manufacturing uses at Bush Terminal—the future home of the Made in NY Campus, a planned campus of garment manufacturing, film/television production, and other light manufacturing operations.
“The Made in NY Campus will be the city’s newest hub for creative manufacturing and production and will further our efforts to create 100,000 good jobs over the next 10 years,” says NYCEDC president and CEO James Patchett. “We’re thrilled to be moving forward and inviting proposals for new food options, which will add to the vibrancy of the campus and make it an even bigger asset to the Sunset Park community.”
Mayor de Blasio announced this past February a $136-million commitment to transform a group of underutilized buildings at Bush Terminal in Sunset Park into the Made in New York Campus. At full build-out the campus is expected to support more than 1,500 permanent jobs in manufacturing and film and television production. The construction of the modern garment manufacturing space, sound stages, as well as other campus improvements are expected to create more than 800 construction jobs. The campus is expected to open in 2020.
NYCEDC is seeking responses from firms that integrate both food retail and food manufacturing uses.
Potential uses include, but are not limited to: commercial food manufacturer with an accessory café or retail food storefront; restaurant or café with accessory manufacturing facility or commissary kitchen; commercial caterer with accessory retail food storefront operation; food truck commissary (commercial prep kitchen, storage, and cleaning facility) with accessory retail food storefront operation and culinary school or other educational food facility with food retail component.
The Food Building will also be the primary retail food destination for visitors to the nearby Bush Terminal Piers Park and the larger Sunset Park industrial and residential community, city officials state.
Responses to the RFEI are due no later than 4 p.m. on July 25.