ACME’s facilities currently occupy a wedge-shaped block at 30 Gem Street and were originally established in 1905. Led by Rubenstein Partners, the expansion will create over 600,000 square feet of new area for the company to bolster production and distribution of smoked and pickled fish products and expand its existing workforce.
“Acme Smoked Fish has been an integral partner in our community now for four generations,” said City Council Member Stephen Levin. “It supports more than one hundred good union jobs and is a great source of pride that Brooklynites share with people all around the world who love their smoked fish products. I’m confident that we reached a plan that will help Acme grow their community presence, while ensuring that this space remains industrial, and a generator of good middle-class jobs for long into the future.”
As previously reported by YIMBY, new building components will include 109,300 square feet of manufacturing and processing area, 545,000 square feet of office and retail area, and a partially covered outdoor terrace spanning 21,400 square feet. The property will also include parking facilities, bike storage, and loading berths.
Gensler served as the design architect.
“We applaud Council Member Levin and his colleagues in the City Council for their approval of this innovative plan that keeps ACME Smoked Fish in Brooklyn, retains more than 100 good, union manufacturing jobs, and paves the way for thousands of more jobs through compatible commercial development,” said Stu Little, the New York City representative for Rubenstein Partners, the project’s developers. “We look forward to getting to work and ensuring that this community-driven plan breaks ground as soon as possible.”
Construction is expected to begin by September 2021. ACME is expected to move into its new home by late 2024, and the full development will be completed by mid-2025.