Compiled by Linda Collins
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
EAST NEW YORK, SUNSET PARK — In an effort to enhance the growth of the city’s industrial base, the NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is seeking developers to purchase and develop two industrial sites in Brooklyn — an 80,000-square-foot property on Atlantic Avenue at Chestnut Street in East New York; and a 53,000-square-foot property on 24th Street at Third Avenue in Sunset Park.
The two sites are part of a multi-site Request for Proposals (RFP) the EDC released that also seeks developers for properties in the Bronx and Queens
The primarily vacant and underutilized Brooklyn sites all possess the potential to be home “to growing industrial businesses looking for ground-up development of new facilities on as-of-right industrial property,” with the goal of expanding and preserving quality jobs for the local community, according to Seth Pinsky, EDC president.
“Strengthening the city’s industrial base is among our top economic development priorities,” he said in a published statement. “Through this RFP, we will make it easier for industrial companies looking to construct new facilities to find available locations and, in so doing, provide them with additional opportunities to grow.”
The industrial sector is an integral part of the city’s economy but it has faced serious challenges in recent decades, and now offers real opportunities for growth and development, Pinsky added.
Commented Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, “Brooklyn was once a manufacturing powerhouse, but sadly many of those businesses closed up shop, taking jobs with them. I applaud Mayor Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor Robert Steel and the Economic Development Corporation and President Seth Pinsky for including in this RFP properties in Sunset Park and East New York — after all, the better East New York and Brownsville do, the better Brooklyn and New York City do — and for making important strides in reviving Brooklyn’s and New York City’s manufacturing and industrial base and creating the good-paying jobs we need today,”
The EDC is accepting responses to the RFP on a rolling basis which will allow respondents to submit one or multiple proposals during any of four consecutive quarterly periods. The first submission deadline is Thursday, Sept. 13.