City wants proposals for long-vacant swath of Brooklyn Bridge Park

The Empire Stores (photo credit: Curbed)
The Empire Stores (photo credit: Curbed)

The Empire Stores, a 72,000-square-foot swath of land in Brooklyn Bridge Park, is finally slated to be redeveloped, Crain’s reported. The city will issue a request for proposals for the redevelopment of the series of brick and timber buildings today, the magazine said.

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The Brooklyn Bridge Park Corp., the entity responsible for overseeing the park, would like a long-term plan to preserve the building even during its adaptive reuse. The buildings have sat vacant for 50 years, Regina Myer, president of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corp., told Crain’s.

Submissions are due by December. The winner will be given a 96-year lease on the land and would be able to add about 70,000 square feet to the existing 327,000 square feet at the buildings, which rise four and five stories. [Crain’s] — Guelda Voien