Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation announced the selection of PA Developers of New York and ShopRite to develop and operate a full-size supermarket on a six-acre site known as Admirals Row at the Brooklyn Navy Yard helping to create 500 long-term jobs.
In addition to the 55,000-sq-ft supermarket, the first of its kind in the neighborhood, the team will also develop 30,000 sq ft of retail space and 125,000 sq ft of industrial space, part of a $60 million development deal. The developers were selected following a request for proposals that was issued by BNYDC last year.
PA Developers will enter into a long-term lease for the site known as Admirals Row, which currently houses 11 dilapidated and unused structures including Building B and Timber Shed which will be restored and incorporated into the new development.
The new buildings on the site will be built to the US Green Building Council’s LEED Silver standards. Sustainable elements of the project include the preservation of trees, optimizing green space and landscaping opportunities, and incorporating the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway. The project will also include a commemoration plan to celebrate the site.
“Our goal is to put this property back to productive use and proceed as soon as possible,” said Andre Kimball, president and CEO of BNYDC.
BNYDC has established community participation goals that include 30% of the overall contract values awarded to certified minority/women-owned businesses and an additional 10% of contracts targeted to local businesses. Workforce goals for the construction phase include 45% of jobs to be held by minority and/or women and a local workforce goal of 25%. A local hiring plan for the supermarket will be developed by a collaboration of the developer, the supermarket, BNYDC, local elected officials, community leaders and job training entities.
The project is slated to break ground by 2012 following a sale of the property from the federal government through the National Guard Bureau to the City of New York, which owns the 300-acre Brooklyn Navy Yard property. If the site transfer and the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure go smoothly, completion is expected in 2013.