Navy Yard supermarket plan moves forward

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A local panel has greenlighted the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s long-stalled plans to build a major supermarket — but preservationists slammed the plan’s collateral damage: the loss of historic, but crumbling, buildings in the 19th-century Admirals Row.

A Community Board 2 committee unanimously approved the Navy Yard’s plan to build the supermarket and additional retail space, a plan that calls for preserving two of the historic buildings, but tearing down the other 10.

“We believe this plan meets the needs of the community, incorporates a very significant amount of historic preservation, and also meets our core mission of creating industrial jobs,” said Navy Yard CEO Andrew Kimball.

The CB2 panel agreed, citing the sorely needed grocery store and jobs that the development could bring to the neighborhood.

But fans of historic structures fired back that the plan sacrificed the remainder of Admirals Row, a relic of the days when naval officers lived on the site.

“There’s enough property to preserve Admirals Row, which I think far better serves the community,” said Clinton Hill resident Scott Witter, who runs Brooklyn’s Other Museum of Brooklyn a few blocks from the Navy Yard. “The row is worth saving — it’s the only one we have.”

Kimball said that the federal government declared the buildings “too far gone” a decade ago and that the fastest way to redevelop the site would be to tear them down.

“This is the economically viable option,” Kimball said.

Admirals Row, which overlooks Flushing Avenue near Navy Street, sits on six acres of federally owned land in the otherwise city-controlled Navy Yard.

The city’s development will include a football field-sized supermarket, industrial and retail space, and a 250-car parking lot.

The plans also call for the restoration of two buildings that the National Guard Bureau deemed beyond repair earlier this year: The Timber Shed, once used to store ships’ masts, and Building B, an officer’s mansion.

The community board’s approval is only the first step in the seven-month review process of the Admirals Row acquisition and redevelopment. Next up is Borough President Markowitz’s public hearing on Wednesday night.

Admirals Row hearing at Borough Hall [209 Joralemon St. between Adams and Court streets in Downtown, (718) 802-3856], July 27 at 6 pm.

Updated 5:25 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Mike from Park Slope says:
Isn't this in Ed Towns' district? Surprised that there is still no article about his son's arrest in this paper or in the NY Post. Strange...
July 24, 2011, 10:32 am
nancy from coney says:
lets focus on the article and our opinion of it thats another issue
adrmirals row should be perserved for the future we have very little of the past to show us what life was like these buildings arre history and its ashamed that they were allowed to fall apart we can fix them make them musemes or tourist attractions theres plenty of space for a foodstore
July 24, 2011, 11:31 am
judahSpechal from Bed-Stuy says:
For all the years the pimp Ed Towns' have been sticking it to those he Reps. the media has been silent. Perfering to highlight the action of those twin CIA agents Sharpton & Jesse Jackson.

I thing all of those buildings can be save, if there was a will to do so. Sadly the so call leaders don't have that desire!
July 24, 2011, 11:41 am
nydia says:
has the navy yard. ET has the surrounding community.
July 25, 2011, 1:24 pm
navy blue from Fort Greene says:
The Admiral's Row buildings are beyond redemption. Where were the preservationists 10, 20 or 30 years ago when the buildings were abandoned by the Coast Guard? The admiral's house was for sale for a song. But no preservationists moved to purchase it and restore it. The neighborhood is sorely in need of jobs, livable amenities and affordable fresh food and staples. I challenge those who want to indulge in history (of which there isn't much in the officer's houses) at the expense of enlightened planning for today's needs. Fort Greene Park, a treasure trove of Brooklyn history, is badly in need of repairs and restoration. Perhaps their efforts would be better served by attending to this wonderful facility which serves the whole community, not just a few.
July 26, 2011, 1:04 pm

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