City investment of $136 million will create 1,500 permanent jobs and 800 construction jobs; that are part of 100,000 good paying jobs by 2026, 40,000
Campus to feature state-of-the-art, affordable production space for film, television production and garment manufacturing
Mayor Bill de Blasio today was joined by leaders from New York City’s fashion, film and television industries to announce the City’s $136 million commitment in a ‘Made in New York’ Campus at Bush Terminal. The underutilized Sunset Park buildings will be transformed into a hub for garment manufacturing and film and television production, and support more than 1,500 permanent jobs. This is just the most recent investment City is making in Sunset Park, where we’ve dedicated millions of dollars to grow thousands of good industrial jobs. The build out of modern garment manufacturing space, sound stages, and other campus improvements is expected to create more than 800 construction jobs.
See renderings of the project here.
As part of his 2017 State of the City address, Mayor de Blasio is committing to adding 100,000 good-paying jobs, including these Sunset Park jobs, within the next decade – and including adding 40,000 jobs in the next four years.
“Good paying jobs are the bedrock of strong city. We will continue to invest in the ‘Made In New York’ brand and in New Yorkers. This is still your city, today and ,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.
“We have used our ‘Made in NY’ brand to grow fashion and film companies, and today, we're committing some of our most important real estate assets to support them as well. These industries support hundreds of thousands of families with good wages, and they need affordable and modern space to grow. The ‘Made in NY’ Campus represents the collision of our creative economy and advanced manufacturing. This is going to be a 21st century working waterfront that keeps our city the capital of film and fashion,” said Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen.
With average salaries of $57,000 in the fashion industry and $53,000 in the film production industry, this in an investment in good-paying jobs with upward career tracks for New Yorkers. Local hiring and workforce training will ensure Sunset Park residents have access to the campus’ new jobs. CUNY’s Fashion Institute of Technology will launch two courses for makers at nearby Brooklyn Army Terminal, which will be integrated into the overall project.
The Made in NY Campus, anticipated to open in 2020, aims to synergize creative manufacturing uses and provide affordable, ‘best-in-class’ industrial facilities for garment manufacturing, film and media production, and related services and industries.
The fashion industry already represents 182,000 jobs, 5 percent of the city’s job force. The film industry is home to 130,000 jobs in the city. Both sectors face a shortage of stable, affordable space necessary for companies to grow and add jobs. By investing at Bush, the City will help fashion designers increase their local manufacturing, and help increase to City’s capacity to attract new film and television productions.
The City’s investments will result in:
- Major renovations to two existing buildings to create nearly 200,000 square feet of garment manufacturing space.
- A newly constructed 100,000 square foot, state-of-the-art, film and television production facility.
- Pedestrian-friendly streetscape improvements and new plaza space, including improvements to the 43rd Street corridor within the campus, to improve visitor access to Bush Terminal Piers Park.
- Significant utility upgrades.
The Made in NY Campus
Film and television production is one of the fastest growing, high-wage sectors in New York City. The city had 336 feature films shot last year, up 40 percent from the year prior, and also saw a 13 percent growth in episodic TV shows. That growth has left many firms struggling to find new and affordable production space. The Made in NY campus will provide high-ceiling sound stages and support space for ancillary uses for film and television production, video and photo shoots, and emerging media sectors such as Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality technologies facilities.
Similarly, while garment production manufacturing comprises 30 percent of the city’s manufacturing jobs, the industry has faced decades of global economic pressures that have forced companies to look overseas for production. The Made in NY garment manufacturing hub will provide small white-box spaces, ranging from 2,000 to 20,000 square feet, to companies working in patternmaking, marking and grading, cutting and sewing, and sample making.
The hub will include shared services and related uses to support the success of these garment firms and the larger Sunset Park garment cluster, such as shared logistics and common services like photography & educational support. The hub will support between 25 and 35 garment manufacturing tenants.
To help anchor the Made in NY campus, the City will also be seeking a tenant to provide both food retail and food manufacturing in the 7,500 SF Café Building. This new tenant will provide affordable food and beverage options to campus businesses, Bush Terminal Piers Park visitors, and the larger Sunset Park community.
NYCEDC will require new Bush Terminal tenants to utilize City’s HireNYC and Workforce1 programs to connect New Yorkers with job opportunities.
Sunset Park District
NYCEDC Sunset Park District is a 21st Century industrial park that offers best-in-class facilities and amenities for thriving manufacturing firms and provides accessible, quality jobs across three campuses – The Brooklyn Army Terminal, The Made in NY Campus at Bush Terminal and the Brooklyn Wholesale Meat Market. NYCEDC Sunset Park District is currently 4.2 million square feet of leasable space and operates at 93 percent capacity and is home to more than 165 companies that provide approximately 5,000 permanent jobs. The expansion of Bush Terminal follows Mayor de Blasio’s $115 million investment in Brooklyn Army Terminal, which will bring 500,000 sf of new industrial space on line in September 2017.
This announcement builds on the Industrial Action Plan released by Mayor de Blasio and City Council Speaker Mark-Viverito, which included hundreds of millions of dollars of investments in City-owned assets to support thousands of good-paying industrial jobs. The development also furthers NYCEDC’s Sunset Park Vision Plan, which aims to make extensive investments in infrastructure improvements, professionalizing maritime and rail service, and increasing and diversifying job-intensive industrial uses along the Sunset Park waterfront.
Bush Terminal is a 36-acre campus with 1.4 million square feet of built improvements across 11 buildings. Bush Terminal Piers Park was opened in 2014, with a new southern entrance to the park opening in summer 2017.
Now if only the mayor would move on development in the Bronx instead of stalling it.