The Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation has issued a Request for Proposals to develop a six-acre site, known as Admiral’s Row, and turn it into a neighborhood retail center attached to a supermarket on the western edge of the yard.

The RFPs are looking to find developers interested in building the retail center that will include a large format supermarket of no less than 40,000 sq ft and an additional 20,000 sq ft of neighborhood retail space. According to the RFP, ideal development of the site would also include a minimum of 40,000 sq ft on an upper floor to accommodate light industrial uses and could include additional upper floor commercial uses.

“In addition to the rapidly growing surrounding communities, nearly 40,000 residents live within a ten-minute walk of the site and 5,000 people work at the Navy Yard everyday providing a built in consumer base for the retail center,” said Andrew Kimball, president and CEO of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, which manages the 300-acre industrial park on behalf of the City. “Our goal is to put this property back to productive use by providing a unique opportunity for developers with the capacity and track record of establishing supermarkets and community-oriented retail that will serve the community and create local jobs.”

The development of Admiral’s Row will build on the BNYDC’s commitment to sustainable infrastructure investments and new green buildings while continuing the expansion currently underway at the Brooklyn Navy Yard- the largest growth since WWII adding over 1.5 million sq ft of new space and 2,000 jobs over the next two years with the help of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s Administration and the $200 million in city capital funding they allocated.

All responses to the RFP are due back October 19, 2009.