Details Aired About Admiral’s Row Redevelopment

Last night the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation presented its plans for the Admiral’s Row Plaza development at a Community Board 2 public hearing, saying the 75,000-square-foot supermarket that’s in the works will be one of the largest in the city. The two possible operators mentioned last night were Stop & Shop and Shop Rite, though neither has been confirmed. Meanwhile, the question of whether two of the historic, crumbling buildings on the site can be preserved, as originally envisioned, is still unanswered. Navy Yard reps said it will cost an estimated $10-$15 million to rehab the two buildings, and Navy Yard Development Corp. President Andrew Kimball said “the most economically viable options” will be considered. As for other details about the redevelopment, which is rendered above: Plans call for a floor for light industrial use on top of the supermarket, 79,000 square feet of retail lining Navy Street, and a community facility. The board’s land-use committee voted to approve the rezoning required for the development, and CB2’s executive board will vote on the matter next week. There was also a public hearing last night for the 4th Avenue Enhanced Commercial District, which will require more commercial space in new 4th Avenue developments; the land-use committee approved the zoning amendment.
Wheels in Motion for Admirals Row Redevelopment [Brownstoner]
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  • I have seen these buildings, they are too far gone to restore, which is a shame…but at this point, might as well raze them and make the area something, instead of just letting these buildings succumb to mother nature and the elements…….

  • That greek revival restoration in the rendering is a little optimistic, no? Looks great, I would kill to have that house (not so close to the projects in the background though)

  • I love those animated Shop Rite “Can-Can Sale” commercials.

  • I love how people can pass the buildings in their cars, behind a wall, covered with trees and underbrush, and proclaim they are too far gone to bring back. Experts with experience and degrees in this stuff have said differently, and are willing to try, except the powers that be won’t even let them on site. Those experts have said that at least two of the houses are in good enough shape to be redeemed. Some of the prices they toss around here remind me of prices people toss out in comments for renovating a house. Ridiculously over budget, unless you are gilding the walls. I would bet that several restoration companies could give quotes far, far lower than what the Navy Yard has come up with, and actually do it for the amount quoted.

    I hope this rendering is theoretical, because it is not worthy of a site like the Navy Yard. Big box stores look better than this. Are we to be impressed because it’s going to be the biggest supermarket ever? Or that they are going to put light industry on top? And even if they restore the house next door, it’s not going to sit on the street like that. Have they even looked at the site? This just gets worse and worse.

  • MM, alas I do not think the rendering is theoretical except perhaps for the perfect restoration of the old officer’s house to the right.

    • Development is taking to long for this whole project. It doesn’t take 3 years to build a Shop Rite, especially one that looks like a shipping container but so be it. The Military and the Yard itself have bungled the survival of the remaining historic properties, I just wish they’d actually build something respectable in turn for what could be a great area to live. Personally, I’d love a park here or anything that allows residents of Ft. G, Clinton Hill, Bed-Stuy a bit closer to the waterfront instead of that horrible great wall of Flushing.

      I still have hopes for Admiral’s Row but at this rate, you mind’s well just let the whole facility collapse in on itself and let condos run amok on the place.

      • I like the wall on Flushing.. maybe because I grew up in the area and lived or worked here most of my life. It really is a symbol of a period in Bklyn’s and the country’s history and definitely needs to be restored. .. Great wall…. yes… horrible-no. Time and man have definitely cause the area to be or look depressed but when I look at what is being done inside, it gives me hope for other sections.

  • it’s interesting how preservation equals knock everything thing down and put up something totally new. Whenever I see these the various artists’ futuristic renditions, I don’t see anything of what I grew up that identifies that area as (even) the old Brooklyn Navy Yard. The exterior walls were intentional structures and very identifiable of a time period in Brooklyn’s history ( and the country for that matter) . Does something need to be done? Of course. Can the two houses be saved? ( I remember being able to enter the Navy Yard to view certain areas such as the houses) , probably not. Then what is to be preserved or restored?