Transforming Sunset Park’s Industrial Waterfront into Hub for Fashion, Film, Tech
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
WXY architecture + urban design announced yesterday that it will be conceiving and designing a $136 million transformation of Brooklyn’s industrial waterfront in Sunset Park to create The Made in NY Campus, according to a release from the company.
WYX says the investment will create a major hub for film, fashion and virtual reality tech companies through a new urban design plus renovations of two Bush Terminal structures in the Sunset Park district — totaling 200,000 square feet of garment manufacturing space — and a new 100,000-square-foot facility for film and television production.
The announcement came on the heels of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s State of the City address on Monday, during which the mayor promised to bring at least 1,500 jobs to the neighborhood.
“This is going to be the new center of garment manufacturing, a new hub of our great fashion industry here in our city, in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, and a new film and TV studio combined,” de Blasio said.
WXY architecture + urban design is planning the site for maximum impact, the firm’s release states, with new pedestrian-friendly plazas and streets as well as high-tech spaces, campus improvements and community amenities to help attract and expand businesses.
The Sunset Park District Plan, led by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), is a comprehensive planning and investment strategy that aims to renovate aging infrastructure and increase job-intensive industrial uses. The Made In New York campus is the third business campus, with Bush Terminal and Brooklyn Army Terminal, two active industrial centers home to hundreds of businesses, also being part of the plan.
WXY was contracted by NYCEDC to undertake planning, design and renovations for the terminals and the new campus, with the goal of modernizing the facilities for industrial and innovation companies who bring quality jobs to Sunset Park.
The expansion of Bush Terminal follows de Blasio’s $115 million investment in Brooklyn Army Terminal, which will bring 500,000 square feet of new industrial space in September 2017.