Preservation Can Begin at Admirals Row
February 1st, 2012, 10:54 am
After nearly five years of review, the federal government has finally transferred the six-acre Admirals Row site to the City of New York, which will turn it over to the Brooklyn Navy Yard for redevelopment. The Navy Yard’s development will include a grocery store, retail and an industrial building. Their plans also include the preservation of two of the most significant historic buildings on the site, the Timber Shed and Quarters B. MAS has been a strong advocate for the preservation of these historic buildings, and for five years has been raising serious concerns over the federal government’s failure to stabilize the buildings, and for leaving them open to the elements. Fortunately, now that the site is owned by the city, the Navy Yard has provided access to structural engineers from Robert Silman Associates so the two structures can be immediately stabilized. Vin Cipolla said, “MAS strongly supports the Navy Yard’s development because it will provide the community a sorely needed affordable grocery store and jobs. We commend the Navy Yard for their commitment to preserve two of the most significant buildings on the site. The preservation of those buildings will significantly improve the urban design and place-making aspects of the development. The beauty and uniqueness of the buildings will help make this development a Brooklyn amenity and destination.” Click here to read MAS testimony to the City Council in support of the Navy Yard’s proposal.