The Gigantic Warehouse Rising Next to IKEA Tops Out in Red Hook

View of the building from Todd Triangle. Photo by Craig Hubert

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The enormous fulfillment center being built next to IKEA in Red Hook is beginning to show its massive bulk.

Located at 640 Columbia Street, the three-story facility will have 335,813 square feet dedicated to commercial use. During a visit to the site at the beginning of June, the building had already topped out.

In addition to the warehouse space, there will be 164 parking spaces and 28 loading docks in total spread across two levels of the building. In the works since at least 2018, the project replaces a long-empty lot. A new building permit was issued in September 2020.

View of the Red Hook building under construction stretching down Columbia Street

View of the building stretching down Columbia Street

View of the back of the building under construction from Columbia Street

View of the back of the building from Columbia Street

Manhattan-based firm Ware Malcomb is the applicant of record. Their firm specializes in manufacturing projects all across the country, as well as Canada and Mexico. They are also behind the design of the future Red Hook warehouse at 280 Richards Street (on the other side of IKEA) that will soon be home to an Amazon distribution center.

640 Columbia Street on the right, 280 Richards Street on the left. Image via Google Maps

According to property records, the owner is Dov Hertz of DH Property Holdings, who is developing similar large manufacturing projects in Sunset Park, the Bronx and Staten Island.

rendering for 640 columbia street

Rendering via DH Property Holdings

rendering for 640 columbia street

Rendering via DH Property Holdings

rendering for 640 columbia street

Rendering via DH Property Holdings

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Looking towards the site in January. Photo by Susan De Vries

The fulfillment center will join other warehouses in the neighborhood, including the historic Lidgerwood building at 202 Coffey Street where UPS is building a new complex. As these buildings are constructed, local residents are pushing to have fewer delivery trucks on the neighborhood’s streets.

[Photos by Craig Hubert unless otherwise noted]

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