BROOKLYN — Mayor Bill de Blasio joined leaders from New York City’s fashion, film and television industries to announce the City’s $136 million commitment in a ‘Made in New York’ Campus at Bush Terminal. The underutilized Sunset Park buildings will be transformed into a hub for garment manufacturing and film and television production, and support more than 1,500 permanent jobs. This is just the most recent investment City is making in Sunset Park, where millions of dollars is being dedicated to grow thousands of good industrial jobs. The build out of modern garment manufacturing space, sound stages, and other campus improvements is expected to create more than 800 construction jobs.
As part of his 2017 State of the City address, Mayor de Blasio is committing to adding 100,000 good-paying jobs, including these Sunset Park jobs, within the next decade – and including adding 40,000 jobs in the next four years.
“Good paying jobs are the bedrock of strong city. We will continue to invest in the ‘Made In New York’ brand and in New Yorkers. This is still your city, today and tomorrow,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.
“We have used our ‘Made in NY’ brand to grow fashion and film companies, and today, we’re committing some of our most important real estate assets to support them as well. These industries support hundreds of thousands of families with good wages, and they need affordable and modern space to grow. The ‘Made in NY’ Campus represents the collision of our creative economy and advanced manufacturing. This is going to be a 21st century working waterfront that keeps our city the capital of film and fashion,” said Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen.
With average salaries of $57,000 in the fashion industry and $53,000 in the film production industry, this in an investment in good-paying jobs with upward career tracks for New Yorkers. Local hiring and workforce training will ensure Sunset Park residents have access to the campus’ new jobs. SUNY’s Fashion Institute of Technology will launch two courses for makers at nearby Brooklyn Army Terminal, which will be integrated into the overall project.
The Made in NY Campus, anticipated to open in 2020, aims to synergize creative manufacturing uses and provide affordable, ‘best-in-class’ industrial facilities for garment manufacturing, film and media production, and related services and industries.
The fashion industry already represents 182,000 jobs, 5 percent of the city’s job force. The film industry is home to 130,000 jobs in the city. Both sectors face a shortage of stable, affordable space necessary for companies to grow and add jobs. By investing at Bush, the City will help fashion designers increase their local manufacturing, and help increase to City’s capacity to attract new film and television productions.
The City’s investments will result in:
- Major renovations to two existing buildings to create nearly 200,000 square feet of garment manufacturing space.
- A newly constructed 100,000 square foot, state-of-the-art, film and television production facility.
- Pedestrian-friendly streetscape improvements and new plaza space, including improvements to the 43rd Street corridor within the campus, to improve visitor access to Bush Terminal Piers Park.
- Significant utility upgrades.