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The Brooklyn Navy Yard has released its third request for proposals to demolish the decaying houses at Admiral’s Row and build a supermarket and retail, Crain’s reported. The Navy Yard’s Economic Development Corporation dropped the developers behind the two previous winning proposals, PA Associates and then Blumenfeld Development Group.

The nonprofit organization estimates that the redevelopment of the six-acre plot would cost $100,000,000 and generate 500 jobs. Navy Yard CEO David Ehrenberg told Crain’s that the area “qualifies as a food desert” and desperately needs a supermarket.


More than a year after Blumenfeld Development Group was chosen to build the $100 million Admiral’s Row supermarket and shopping center in the Navy Yard, nonprofit manager Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp. has jettisoned the developer, Crain’s reported.

Blumenfeld failed to hold up its end of the contract, according to a statement released by the Navy Yard Development Corp. Blumenfeld said increased insurance and construction costs resulting from FEMA’s revised flood zones made the project untenable. The retail center, pictured above, was supposed to break ground this year.

Blumenfeld is the second developer to be axed from the project. In 2011, PA Associates was dropped because its head was accused of bribery concerning another project.

The Navy Yard Development Corp. said it is still committed to the project, which will have 125,000 square feet of industrial space and 86,000 square feet of retail space, as well as the 74,000 square-foot supermarket. The supermarket has not yet been picked either. Blumenfeld was slated to break ground on the development this year.

The Navy Yard has started reinforcing two of the 12 decaying historic buildings on Admiral’s Row as part of the project, said the story. The Navy Yard currently has 300 tenants and employs about 6,400 people there, “double the number employed there in 2001,” said Crain’s.

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Check out these haunting photos of Admiral’s Row, the decrepit, historic homes along Flushing Avenue in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Curbed posted an entire slideshow after photographer and journalist Bogdan Mohora explored the grounds. The developer in charge of redeveloping this area of the Navy Yard, Blumenfeld Development Group, will demolish most of these homes to make way for a supermarket. Only Building B and the timber shed will be saved, with work starting up at the timber shed just last week.
Visiting the Crumbling and Eerie Buildings of Admiral’s Row [Curbed]


Last week a green construction fence went up in front of Admiral’s Row on Flushing Avenue. Preservationists can exhale: Navy Yard brass tell us that the fence presages work to be done stabilizing Building B and Timber Shed, the two structures being saved as part of the plan to redevelop the long-ignored swath of Brooklyn history. As you may recall, after years of neglect, the federal government finally turned over the six-acre site last January to the city.


At the Community Board 2 public hearing about plans for the redevelopment of Admiral’s Row a couple weeks ago, Navy Yard Development Corporation President Andrew Kimball was vague on the question of whether two of the historic buildings on the site can be preserved, but he was more confident about the matter at another hearing in front of Borough President Marty Markowitz last week, according to the Eagle. The paper reports that “Kimball…spoke of a commitment to historic preservation, noting that Building B and the Timber Shed — said to be the last of its kind in the nation — will be preserved and incorporated into the planned development.” Earlier this year the National Guard said both buildings were beyond repair. At the hearing last week Kimball also said that there’s been a lot of interest in the industrial space that’s going to be built above the supermarket as part of the redevelopment.
Support Seems Imminent for Admirals Row Development [Eagle]
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