The Brooklyn Army Terminal’s 100th Year: Unveiling New Space for Over 1,000 New Jobs, Launching Strategies for the Future
Centennial Celebration Welcomes New Tenants, Improved Public Space, and Scholarship Program from West Elm
New Space Delivers on New York Works Plan Commitment to Transform BAT into Modern Manufacturing Hub
Construction Completion Comes 100 Years after US Government Broke Ground on Campus in 1918
Sunset Park, NY – New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) today celebrated the Brooklyn Army Terminal’s (BAT) 100th year by unveiling over 500,000 square feet of new industrial space for over 1,000 new jobs, completing work that spanned five mayoral administrations to fully transform the former military supply base into a thriving, modern manufacturing hub. The announcement also welcomed new tenants, unveiled improved public space, and announced new efforts to further position BAT as the most innovative and accessible industrial campus in the world.
“At the start of its next century, Brooklyn Army Terminal has become a job-creating engine where people are ideating, prototyping and producing, right in their biggest market,” said Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen.
“Over the past century, New York City has changed dramatically, but there has been one constant on the Sunset Park waterfront: the Brooklyn Army Terminal,” said NYCEDC President and CEO James Patchett. “It has a storied past as a military supply base, and thanks to the de Blasio Administration’s investments, a bright future as a modern industrial campus. NYCEDC is proud to have helped usher the Terminal into the 21st century, giving emerging companies space to grow and bringing thousands of good-paying jobs to the greater Brooklyn community.”
As part of the New York Works plan, the de Blasio Administration has made significant investments in City-owned properties like BAT to fuel the city’s industrial sector and create good-paying, accessible jobs. The new space, designed by Mancini Duffy, will be a home for industrial innovation, creating affordable space for up to 20 companies.
NYCEDC has signed the first anchor leases of the newly unveiled space with two BAT tenants that are expanding and creating over 100 new jobs on campus: Altronix and Jomashop. Altronix is the leading U.S. designer & manufacturer of low voltage power supplies and electronics for the professional security, surveillance, fire and access control industries. With its corporate headquarters at BAT for over 20 years and more than 250 employees, Altronix will now expand operations into over 130,000 square feet of space.
Jomashop is a luxury watch e-retailer that has operated out of BAT since 2009. The 170-employee company will expand into over 107,000 square feet of space, including new space for high-end watch repair work.
These anchor tenants lay the foundation for a new wave of modern industrial companies moving to the campus, including Tailored Industry, an on-demand 3D printed clothing company, Ephemeral Solutions, a BioBAT company developing semi-permanent tattoo ink, and SPark Workshops, a wood and metal-work incubator for local entrepreneurs, among others.
The Administration also unveiled a new campus public realm, designed by WXY architecture + urban design firm, to open the historic property to the community, increase connectivity to the waterfront and NYC Ferry, and help attract new innovative tenants to create jobs in Sunset Park. As part of this strategy, the City will bring new eateries to BAT and host regular arts, culture, and community programming starting this summer, leading up to the Brooklyn Army Terminal Birthday Block Party in September.
“The Brooklyn Army Terminal’s centennial marks a milestone moment for our borough, as we celebrate the transformation of this once-critical military facility to a state-of-the-art hub for industrial innovation,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. “I see a bright future ahead for this one-of-a-kind manufacturing campus, as the sun rises on a new century in Sunset Park. My administration has significantly invested in cultivating BAT’s capacity to attract top-flight talent in biotechnology and other emerging fields, and I look forward to further expanding our shared efforts to ensure that the surrounding community is connected to and benefiting from all that the campus has to offer.”
“Sunset Park’s Brooklyn Army Terminal (BAT) is an architectural gem with a rich history serving our City and the nation. I celebrate BAT for its unique economic development potential, said Council Member Carlos Menchaca. “This year’s BAT centennial is marked by smart City investments, a growing list of manufacturing tenants, and increased job opportunities. BAT’s next century serving New York City will be as a leading example of our thriving manufacturing sector and to re-establish its role providing high-quality jobs to Brooklyn’s eager workforce.”
“The south Brooklyn waterfront has a rich industrial legacy that has long-fueled good careers for New Yorkers across the city,” said US Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY). “I am thrilled to see the de Blasio Administration’s sustained investment in the Brooklyn Army Terminal, which has become a home for thousands of good manufacturing jobs, and has added to the rich industrial ecosystem in Sunset Park.”
“In its 100th year, this exciting transformation of the Brooklyn Army Terminal paves the way for a new hub of innovation and a space for local entrepreneurs, manufacturers and other small businesses to thrive. I applaud Mayor de Blasio for moving this project forward and for his commitment to growing well-paying jobs right here in Brooklyn,” said US Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY).
“Congratulations to the Brooklyn Army Terminal (BAT) on their Centennial Anniversary. As it enters its second century of service, BAT remains an important economic and industrial hub for New York City. I applaud the continued preservation of an industrial, working waterfront and the City’s commitment to creating new economic and manufacturing opportunities. I look forward to the Brooklyn Army Terminal creating new career pathways for the people of Sunset Park and throughout Brooklyn,” said State Senator Velmanette Montgomery.
“When Altronix required more space to facilitate its expansion more than two decades ago, we saw the Brooklyn Army Terminal as a ‘diamond in the rough.’ Our decision to locate our global headquarters and operations here paid off with immeasurable success. This growth has continued, and we now look forward to increasing Altronix’s footprint at BAT in our new vastly expanded, high-tech electronics manufacturing facility,” said Alan Forman, President, Altronix.
“We love the energy and the positive vibe that the Brooklyn Army Terminal gives us, it’s a first class facility, for both logistics and running our offices! Having been born and raised right here in Brooklyn New York and having the good fortune of being right here again is a true blessing. We look forward to enjoying the new facility which will allow us to grow our Jomashop family,” said Marvin Sternberg, President, Jomashop.
“We are incredibly proud at the work we’ve done with the Brooklyn Army Terminal,” said Julie Stein, Executive Director of Sunset Park, NYCEDC. “The momentum of the campus builds off the framework from the Sunset Park Vision Plan and is strengthened by a truly collaborative partnership with the Sunset Park Task Force. The Brooklyn Army Terminal is a true community asset and we’re excited to see what the future holds.”
“The City’s investment in BAT is catalytic – on a scale that significantly boosts local job creation and an example of how we can (and must) think comprehensively about our industrial waterfront assets,” said Ben Margolis, Executive Director, Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation. “SBIDC is grateful for the City’s focus on the economic health and growth of our working neighborhood, and for seizing the opportunity to ensure BAT as a place where creativity, community and industry can intersect.”
In addition to completing major campus upgrades, the de Blasio Administration also today announced new strategies to take the campus into the future.
The strategies include a new training and innovation platform called Launch Pad, which will connect local residents to modern industrial skills through workshops and create new space and programming to help tenants grow their businesses on campus.
Reinforcing its commitment to making great design accessible, West Elm will support local entrepreneurs and emerging artists with scholarships to SPark Workshops at BAT and mentorship alongside its leading in-house design, merchandising, and marketing teams. The partnership cements West Elm’s investment in fostering inclusion and community for artists in Brooklyn, a borough it has proudly called home since being founded in DUMBO in 2002.
NYCEDC’s full strategy includes:
Delivering Affordable Industrial Space
- Unlocking 500,000 square feet of affordable industrial space for over 1,000 jobs.
- Launching BAT’s largest Micromanufacturing Hub cluster, dedicating 55,000 square feet of space for small industrial businesses to grow within the campus.
- Completing renovation of the Food Manufacturing Hub for small food manufacturing firms.
- Creating an Open, Publicly Accessible Campus
- Completing new landscaped public space open to local residents and employees.
- Bringing new food retail options to the campus.
Fueling Industrial Innovation
- Activating underutilized space to bring new manufacturing and distribution uses to the campus.
- Using the campus as a testing ground for new smart building technologies by launching a Smart Buildings Tech Challenge. NYCEDC is specifically looking to pilot innovative technologies in metering, maintenance, and communication on BAT’s campus. Interested companies and participants can learn more here.
- Leveraging rooftop space to launch a community solar garden for Sunset Park residents and businesses.
Connecting Communities and Businesses
- Kicking off a summer of new arts, culture, and community programming, leading up to the Brooklyn Army Terminal Birthday Block Party.
- Announcing Launch Pad: a hub for talent, innovation, and entrepreneurs on campus.Launch PadAs part of its strategy for the future, the City announced the creation of Launch Pad, a new workforce development and innovation platform to connect residents and tenants with new opportunities through four distinct, yet connected efforts:
- BAT Training Lab — a new training center leveraging partnerships with industry partners such as West Elm and FIT to equip residents and employees with modern industrial skills
- Base Camp — a new tenant conference center and networking lounge will help tenants scale their businesses through speaker series, meeting space, industry events, and B2B networking
- Futureworks Advanced Manufacturing Center — opening a 20,000-square foot advanced manufacturing center for entrepreneurs and small businesses to access high-tech equipment
- Workforce1 Industrial & Transportation Career Center — continue strengthening the pipeline of local talent and connecting that talent to hiring needs through existing on-campus Workforce1 Center—building on its success since opening in 2016 equipment to launch and grow companies on campus
New Space and Tenants
The de Blasio Administration has committed over $200 million to transform BAT into a modern manufacturing hub. As part of this investment, the Administration worked with construction management firm Hunter Roberts to deliver 500,000 square feet of new industrial space in Building A and 55,000 square feet in the Annex Building, which was designated as a Food Manufacturing Hub in 2016.
As part of today’s centennial announcement, the City also announced a wave of new tenants that will be moving to the campus in the next year:
- Tailored Industry, an on-demand 3D printed clothing company
- YD Designs, a fine custom cabinetry company
- SPark Workshop Brooklyn, a membership-based wood- and metal-work incubator
- MOMO Test Kitchen, an expansion of BAT tenant MOMO Dressing, bringing food retail and catering services to the campus
- JT Wood Finishing Company, a wood finishing company
- Ephemeral Solutions, a company researching and developing semi-permanent tattoo ink that disappears over time, based in the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) space in BioBAT
- Calder Biosciences, a vaccine research company, based in the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) space in BioBAT
- Chemitope Glycopeptide, a boutique biotech company that aims to produce a new generation of preventative vaccines, based in the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) space in BioBAT
Brooklyn Army Terminal History
In 1918, the federal government broke ground on a 4-million-square-foot, Cass Gilbert-designed military facility on the Sunset Park waterfront. This became the Brooklyn Army Terminal, which served the country for decades as a supply base and an Army headquarters during World War II, helping to deploy over 3.2 million troops and 37 million tons of supplies from the New York Port of Embarkation to battlefronts across the globe. In 1958, the campus saw its most famous troop deploy when Elvis Presley left Brooklyn for Germany in 1958.
By the 1960s, the terminal reached the end of its military service and, in 1981, the City purchased the facility to transform it into a place where local manufacturing and industrial businesses could thrive.
Now, 100 years after ground was broken—and after nearly 40 years of City ownership—the de Blasio Administration has transformed the Brooklyn Army Terminal into one of the most innovative and accessible industrial campuses in the world—home to hundreds of local businesses and thousands of good manufacturing jobs, right here in New York City.
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