After two years of construction, 1000 Dean Street held its formal ribbon cutting ceremony this morning to celebrate the April opening of the renovated and repurposed Studebaker service station. The 150,000-square-foot building has 29 tenants to date, including artists, architects, filmmakers, publishers and a yoga studio. And on the ground floor, a 9,000-square-foot beer hall, Berg’n, will host four Smorgasburg vendors — Mighty Quinn’s, Asia Dog, Ramen Burger and Pizza Moto — as well as a coffee bar and a smaller private dining space. BFC Partners and Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group co-developed the $30 million project with Brownstoner’s Jonathan Butler. The renovation, which features two new light wells in the center of the building, was designed by Selldorf Architects.
“We’re really optimistic about the economic impact for the neighborhood and for Brooklyn,” said Butler. “They say it takes a village, and it took so much help and cooperation from the electeds, community groups, EDC and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce to get this done.”
Several elected officials and community leaders attended the event, including Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Councilmember Laurie Cumbo, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President Carlo Scissura and NYCEDC Chief Operating Officer Zac Smith, as well as members of Community Board 8.
“Crown Heights is rivaling many of our neighborhoods for the title of Brooklyn’s crown jewel, and 1000 Dean Street certainly adds to its luster,” said Adams. “This new hub for small business innovation will be a hot spot for our creative economy and innovative entrepreneurs, many of whom simply need a little space in order to blossom and thrive.”
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