New York City officials are keeping under wraps details about a major new manufacturing initiative planned for Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The big reveal is set for Thursday morning with the city’s deputy mayor of housing and economic development Alicia Glen doing the honors. The NYC Economic Development Corporation president Kyle Kimball, Manufacture New York chief executive Bob Bland and Salmar Properties cofounder Marvin Schein will also be on hand at Liberty View Industrial Plaza.
All of the above could not be reached for comment Tuesday morning.
Bland, whose group is a hub for independent designers, has spoken of plans to open a substantial manufacturing facility in Sunset Park to further local production. Manufacture New York has an outpost in Liberty View Industrial Plaza, the site of Thursday’s press conference. Located on the waterfront at 850 3rd Avenue, the eight-story, 1.3 million square-foot site has undergone what is said to be a $100 million overhaul to install freight elevators, central air, fiber-optics and energy efficient windows and lighting.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has pledged to revitalize the city’s industrial zones. Early on in his administration the mayor made it known that Glen, a former Goldman Sachs executive, would be his liaison to the fashion industry and would champion efforts to bolster fashion in all five boroughs.