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Preservation Can Begin at Admirals Row

admirals row historic buildingsAfter 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. Continue Reading>>

City Council Approves Admiral’s Row Plans

admirals row plaza brooklyn navy yardOn Monday, the City Council approved the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s proposal for Admiral’s Row Plaza, to be developed on a six-acre parcel currently owned by the federal government. The Navy Yard’s proposal is to rezone this site to allow for the development of 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. On November 15 MAS testified to the City Council in support of the proposal (click here to read testimony), stating that the preservation of the historic buildings will significantly improve the urban design and place-making aspects of the Navy Yard’s proposed development. Continue Reading>>

Feds Join the Call to Save Admiral’s Row in Brooklyn Navy Yard

admirals-row-historic-building-b-brooklyn-new-yorkEfforts to save the endangered buildings at the Admirals Row site in Brooklyn received a significant boost today, when several key federal elected officials called for the preservation of the buildings. Over the last few years, unprecedented consensus has developed among a wide range of preservation organizations, civic groups and the Brooklyn Navy Yard  about the future of Admiral’s Row. All have called on the National Guard Bureau, the site’s owner, to help facilitate the preservation of two of the site’s most historically significant buildings, the Timber Shed and Quarters B. Continue Reading>>

MAS Calls for Emergency Repairs to Admirals Row

admirals-row-historic-building-b-brooklyn-new-yorkThe Municipal Art Society and The New York Landmarks Conservancy today called on the U.S. Army National Guard Bureau to take immediate action to stabilize two of the most historically significant buildings at the Admirals Row site of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The buildings remain endangered despite the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation’s recently released plans to retain and restore them. Continue Reading>>

Assistance for Developers Responding to Navy Yard’s Admiral’s Row RFP

rendering admirals rowThe Brooklyn Navy Yard recently released its RFP for the redevelopment of the Admiral’s Row site. MAS sees the RFP process as an opportunity to provide practical information to developers interested in responding to the RFP and to encourage the retention and rehabilitation of more than just the required two historic buildings on the site. As part of our Admiral’s Row work, MAS has developed several site plans showing how additional historic buildings can be integrated into new development on the site. In addition, we have gathered many resources on the history and potential future of the site.We are eager to work with developers in tailoring our initial site plans to the information provided in the RFP and to aid in identifying tax credits and financial incentives to help fund the preservation of these buildings. We hope that our experience and information will be helpful to responders looking to create an exciting new development at Admiral’s Row that combines both new construction and the preservation of the incredibly-significant historic buildings. Continue reading for downloadable resources and further information Continue Reading>>

MAS Calls for Admiral’s Row Stabilization as Navy Yard Releases RFP

quarters b brooklyn navy yard historic photoMAS and our colleague preservation groups are urging the National Guard Bureau, the owner of the Admiral’s Row site in Brooklyn, to undertake emergency stabilization work on the site’s ten historic houses and the timber shed. Abandoned for close to 40 years, the houses have suffered neglect and many of them are not protected from the elements.During this summer’s particularly rainy June, one of the houses, Quarters C, partially collapsed. Since then, no actions have been taken by the National Guard to prevent further deterioration of the remaining buildings. The stabilization of the buildings has become more critical as the federal historic preservation review process has been delayed by several months to allow the Brooklyn Navy Yard (the likely purchaser of the site) to release its RFP for the site’s redevelopment. The RFP requires the retention of just two of the historic buildings on the site, Quarters B and the timber shed, as well as the construction of a supermarket of at least 40,000 sq. ft., additional neighborhood retail space, an employment center for the Navy Yard, and parking for the grocery store and retail. Continue Reading>>

Heavy Rain, Neglect Cause Partial Collapse of One Admiral’s Row Building

admirals row front The rain has done more than just ruin our weekend plans recently.  Late this week it led to the partial collapse of one of the Admiral’s Row buildings near the Brooklyn Navy Yard.  Quarters C, seen in the right in this picture, was originally constructed prior to 1859 and is the second-oldest of all of the houses on the site.  It was altered with a mansard roof in the 1880s when Quarters H (pictured on the left) was built adjoining it.  MAS had known that Quarters C, unlike the vast majority of the other Admrial’s Row buildings, had major structural problems due to a fire, but we are disappointed that the National Guard, which owns the site, had not secured the buildings better to protect them from further damage from the elements. Thankfully, the New York City Fire Department determined that the remaining portion of Quarters C does not have to be demolished at this time. MAS is calling on the National Guard to make necessary repairs to stabilize the nineteenth century structures as the process deciding the buildings’ future moves forward.  It was recently announced that the National Guard may only require the retention of Quarters A and the Timber Shed.  Nonetheless, MAS is still advocating to save more, and hopefully all, of the significant buildings on the site.  MAS believes that as the owner of the site, the National Guard needs to ensure that the abandoned buildings do not deteriorate any further. For more information on Admiral’s Row and the efforts to preserve the buildings, watch this video. You can also write to the National Guard urging them to make all necessary repairs and do all necessary stabilization work in order to protect the buildings from further decay

Proposed Admiral’s Row Compromise Revealed

admirals-row-historic-building-b-brooklyn-new-yorkToday, the National Guard Bureau recommended that the Brooklyn Navy Yard be required to preserve two of the historic Admiral’s Row buildings if it purchases the site. Admiral’s Row is a collection of 11 19th century buildings that hold an important place in America’s naval history. MAS had proposed a compromise that would allow for the Navy Yard to develop the site with a grocery store and industrial space while retaining the historic buildings. MAS has also requested that the National Guard lower the sale price of the property to reflect the cost required to rehabilitate the buildings (law requires that the land is sold at fair market value). “MAS developed feasible plans that show that we can have preservation and development at the Admiral’s Row site. We have hoped, and continue to hope, that more of these very significant historic buildings will be retained and incorporated into the development (see our video feature on Admiral’s Row),” said MAS director of advocacy and policy Lisa Kersavage. Continue Reading>>

Admiral’s Row Update

Admiral’s Row on the edge of the Brooklyn Navy Yard is in danger of being lost. MAS will attend a meeting tomorrow at which the negotiations between the National Guard, the owner of the property, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation (BNYDC) will discuss the buildings’ future. The meeting is part of the federally-mandated Section 106 process that requires federal agencies to study the impact of their actions on important historic buildings. MAS has been a part of the Section 106 process and has developed alternatives to demolishing the buildings that show it is possible to preserve them while also accommodating the Navy Yard’s program. In March, rumors surfaced that the National Guard may require the Navy Yard to retain only the Timber Shed and one of the houses on the site, which MAS believes is an inadequate solution. Continue Reading>>

MAS Tours Brooklyn Navy Yard,
Continues Focus on Manufacturing

brooklyn navy yard bus tourMAS arranged two tours related to the theme of its April 28 panel discussion, Manufacturing a Greener New York. The first of these took place this past weekend. The second, Look for the Union Label takes place on Friday, May 22, 2:00 p.m. President of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation (BNYDC), Andrew Kimball, led a MAS bus and walking tour of the extraordinary industrial park that is the Brooklyn Navy Yard last Friday afternoon, briefing tour-takers about the site that contains 40 buildings, 4 million square feet of leasable space and 5,000 employees. On our first stop, we saw the Perry Avenue Building, the nation’s first multi-tenant, multi-story green building — in fact a LEED Gold Building. (All future buildings at BNY will at least meet LEED Silver standards). To our right was the red brick 1889 Paymaster’s Building where burial shrouds for Hasidic Jews were made (niche market, indeed). Striking juxtapositions were everywhere. Continue Reading>>

MAS Responds to Rumors of Admiral’s Row Compromise

rendering admirals row navy yard option 2There has been news coverage today on a reported compromise between the Navy Yard and the National Guard regarding the Admiral’s Row buildings in Brooklyn. Purportedly, only two of the eleven buildings will be retained. Lisa Kersavage, MAS Director of Advocacy and Policy said in a public release, “If the reported compromise on the future of the Admiral’s Row buildings is true we are deeply disappointed because the majority of these buildings could and should be saved. We will continue fighting to save these important structures.” It is not necessary to demolish the buildings in order to build on the site. MAS developed 11 alternative plans that that meet the Navy Yard’s program for a grocery store and retail (see rendering above left) and industrial space while allowing for the restoration and reuse of the historic buildings. Kersavage added, “If there is to be a compromise, it should be with the size of the 356-car parking lot, and not come at the expense of preserving these significant American treasures.” The buildings are in the midst of a federally-mandated Section 106 process, which provides the public with the opportunity to comment on the buildings’ demolition and to suggest alternatives that could prevent or mitigate the demolition of the historic structures.

Urbanist Members Enjoy Open House with MAS Staff

urbanist open house 2009The Urbanists — the MAS membership group of young New Yorkers in their 20s and 30s —  joined advocacy staff on Wednesday night for an informal, insider’s presentation of the advocacy campaigns MAS is championing this year. Over drinks, Urbanist members learned about the critical role that historic preservation plays in the future of a sustainable city (“the greenest building is the one that is already built”); saving the irreplaceable 19th century buildings of Admiral’s Row, adjacent to the Brooklyn Navy Yard and adapting them to new uses; and, the new vision and plan for Coney Island, one of America’s most iconic neighborhoods. Continue Reading>>