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It’s been a long time coming, but finally the Brooklyn Navy Yard has found a developer and a supermarket for its long-promised Admiral’s Row development project — and it seems like a great pairing.

Steiner Studios, the Navy Yard’s biggest tenant, will develop and fund the estimated $140,000,000 project. Highly regarded supermarket chain Wegmans will be one tenant in a larger 126,000 square foot industrial building. In return Steiner will get a 96-year lease from the Navy Yard and will collect rent from Wegmans and other tenants.

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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.

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When we passed by the Timber Shed in the Navy Yard recently, the roof was gone. In May, the building was stripped down to the rafters, beams and posts while they reinforced the structure. But it looks like the brick sides are going back up. The frame structure peeking over the top appears to be scaffolding. The Navy Yard is rebuilding this historic building brick by brick.

Timber Shed Is Just a Skeleton [Brownstoner]

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All the bricks are gone from the Navy Yard’s Timber Shed, one of the two historic buildings slated for preservation amidst the supermarket development here. The Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation began removing the bricks this spring (the bricks will be preserved) and the developer, Blumfield Development Group, is tasked with actually reinforcing the structure. In the picture after the jump, you can see how the ceiling frame is sinking in. This extensive restoration will be done to national preservation standards — no word on how long it’ll actually take.
Work on the Timber Shed Ramps Up [Brownstoner]