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NYCEDC Releases RFEI for Food Retailer and Food Manufacturer at Made in NY Campus

Apr 27 2017

Food Building to bring food retail and food manufacturing space to Made in NY Campus

Latest investment toward manufacturing hub at Bush Terminal

$136 million investment in Made in NY Campus will create 1,500 permanent jobs and 800 construction jobs

BROOKLYN, NY—New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) today released a Request For Expressions of Interest (RFEI) for the lease and operation of a 7,500-square-foot building for food retail and food manufacturing at Bush Terminal, the future home of the Made in NY Campus. The Food Building will serve the vibrant campus of garment manufacturing, film/television production, and other light manufacturing workers.

“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 ten years," said 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.”

"I welcome the prospect of a food retail and manufacturing employer at Bush Terminal Park's 43rd Street Entrance," said Council Member Carlos Menchaca. "EDC and any business operating there should ensure new employment opportunities are available to local residents. Our beautiful waterfront park is often too hard for visitors to find. The new southern entrance at 50th street will help with access. Further development of the park itself and improvements to the surrounding streets and City-owned properties will help Bush Terminal Park live up to its potential for Sunset Park."

“By providing greater food and beverage options to the users of Bush Terminal Park and workers on the campus, this project will also bring good jobs and greater economic vibrancy to the area. I’m pleased to see this initiative moving forward and will work to ensure it best meets the local community’s needs,” said U.S. Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY).

The Food Building is a single-story, 7,500-square-foot building, which is currently vacant. NYCEDC is seeking responses 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
  • 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 adjacent Bush Terminal Piers Park and the larger Sunset Park industrial and residential community.

The 36-acre Bush Terminal campus is currently home to 500 workers and is expected to add approximately 1,500 new workers starting in 2020 as part of the $136 million City investment in the new Made in New York Campus at Bush Terminal. The City’s $136 million commitment to the Made in NY Campus was included in Mayor de Blasio’s FY18 Executive Budget, announced yesterday, over FY18 through FY27.

The Made in NY Campus, anticipated to open in 2020, will provide affordable, "best-in-class" industrial facilities for garment manufacturing, film and media production, and related services and industries.

As part of his 2017 State of the City address, Mayor de Blasio is committing to adding 100,000 good-paying jobs, including these Sunset Park jobs, within the next decade – and including adding 40,000 jobs in the next four years.

With average salaries of $57,000 in the fashion industry and $53,000 in the film production industry, the Made in NY Campus is an investment in good-paying jobs with upward career tracks for New Yorkers. Local hiring and workforce training will ensure Sunset Park residents have access to the campus’ new jobs. In June 2017, SUNY’s Fashion Institute of Technology will launch two courses for makers at nearby Brooklyn Army Terminal, which will be integrated into the Made in NY Campus.

The City’s investments in the Made in NY Campus will result in:

  • Major renovations to two existing buildings to create nearly 200,000 square feet of garment manufacturing space
  • A newly constructed 100,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art, film and television production facility
  • Pedestrian-friendly streetscape improvements and new plaza space, including improvements to the 43rd Street corridor within the campus, to improve visitor access to Bush Terminal Piers Park
  • Significant utility upgrades

The first site tour and information session for the Food Building will be held on June 5, 2017. The first response submission deadline is July 25, 2017. Details about information sites tours, information sessions, submission deadlines and more can be found in the RFEI.

New York City Economic Development Corporation creates shared prosperity across New York City’s five boroughs by strengthening neighborhoods and creating good jobs. NYCEDC works with and for communities to provide them with the resources they need to thrive, and we invest in projects that increase sustainability, support job growth, develop talent, and spark innovation to strengthen the City’s competitive advantage. To learn more about our work and initiatives, please visit us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.