This new hub will also have space for the city’s burgeoning film and television industry
As New York City’s garment industry continues to lose its stronghold in the Garment District in Midtown Manhattan, due to rising rents, the city has now proposed a solution: a massive new location in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
Mayor Bill de Blasio alluded to this new investment in his State of the City speech last night, and now the Mayor’s Office has released details on this proposal that will transform existing buildings at Bush Terminal and create a new building within the complex.
Details on this project—which also includes production space for the city’s burgeoning film and television industry—are accompanied by several new renderings of what the city is calling the “Made in New York” campus at Bush Terminal.
From what we know of the proposal so far, the city will transform two existing buildings within the complex to create 200,000 square feet of manufacturing space. In addition they will build a new 100,000-square-foot film and television production facility. Along with these projects, the city will also undertake efforts to improve the streetscape with a new public plaza and upgrades to the 43rd Street corridor.
At the buildings allocated for manufacturing, spaces will range in size from 2,000 to 20,000 square feet and will be able to accommodate between 25 to 35 tenants. The city is hoping to attract tenants working in pattern making, cutting and sewing, and sample making among others. The city is also hoping to support these businesses by providing shared services like photography and educational support.
To further bolster this space, the city is also looking for food-related (food retail and food manufacturing) businesses to lease out a 7,500-square-foot cafe area to anchor this Made in NY campus.
As for the fashion building, it will have high ceiling sound stages, space for virtual and augmented reality facilities, and support spaces for film and production companies.
Once this project is complete in 2020, it is anticipated to create 1,500 permanent jobs. In addition to the $136 million the city has committed towards this new complex, the city had already set aside $115 million to upgrade the nearby Brooklyn Army Terminal building. 500,000-square-feet of additional space will become available at the Terminal in September 2017.
Many in the garment industry are already considering a relocation to the Terminal building, according tothe New York Times, and already over a 100 garment manufacturers call Sunset Park home.
This latest announcement is another shot in the arm for the development boom taking place in Sunset Park. The Brooklyn Nets and Gap, Inc. already have spaces at Industry City. When the Citywide Ferrylaunches this summer, it will make the neighborhood even more accessible, and the planned Brooklyn-Queens Streetcar is likely to add to this development boom.
“We have used our ‘Made in NY’ brand to grow fashion and film companies, and today, we’re committing some of our most important real estate assets to support them as well,” Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen, said in a statement. “These industries support hundreds of thousands of families with good wages, and they need affordable and modern space to grow.”