Developers are now pursuing a 6.6-million-square-foot expansion of Industry City that would introduce a vibrant mix of office space, retail, hospitality, manufacturing, academic, and community-oriented facilities. The expansion is described as an Innovation Economy District that will facilitate the creation of new employment opportunities and the commercialization of underutilized zoning lots.
The primary development area consists of two warehouse structures and several additional buildings contained in two primary clusters referred to as the Finger Buildings and the 39th Street Buildings. This includes over one million square feet of new construction plus an additional 5.3 million square feet of redeveloped existing structures.
Renderings are credited to S9 Architects who will most likely serve as architect of record.
Scenario one of the proposed actions seeks to introduce 2.68 million gross square feet (GSF) of manufacturing and office space, 700,000 GSF of retail, 387,000 GSF of new academic facilities, 33,000 GSF of flexible event place, 1,292,558 GSF of warehousing space, and two new hotels spanning 287,000 GSF. Additional areas include parking spaces for between 1,600 and 2,000 vehicles, outdoor public space, and required building mechanicals.
If approved, the developer estimates the expansion will generate in excess of 15,000 jobs.
Before the project can commence, the city’s Department of Buildings (DOB) will review the Environmental Feasibility Study submitted by the developer to determine the impact of site disruption during construction phases as well as the future impact on the surrounding Sunset Park community. The project team has also proposed ulterior scenarios in the event the DOB does not approve motions to rezone the area from a manufacturing tax lot assemblage for the mixed-use development.