Navy Yard officials announced last week that it has signed a leasing agency agreement with CRBE for their creative office spaces on the top floors of Building 303 and Building 77. Led by executive vice president Brad Gerla, CBRE will handle the marketing and leasing of 142,000 square feet.
“The top floors of buildings 303 and 77 offer exactly what the city’s creative workforce will want after the pandemic,” Gerla said in a statement, “wide open floor plates, plentiful outdoor amenity space with amazing views, a collaborative campus environment and a location near where so much of the talent lives.”
Since March, BNYDC has signed more than 162,000 square feet in new leases and 81,000 square feet in lease renewals.
The deals include space for ECCO, a Denmark-based footwear and leather goods retailer’s design and prototyping studio, Tarform, a start-up electric motorcycle manufacturer, and Catbird, a woman-owned, high-end jeweler.
Other creative and manufacturing companies that have signed leases are American PAPR, which manufactures protective equipment, Storytellers & Creators, a garment and clothing manufacturer, Smalls Electrical Construction, which provides electrical contracting services for private builders, and Gallery Kitchen & Bath, a home renovation and restoration firm.
Building 303 at the Navy Yard opened to light manufacturing and creative office tenants this fall, and is part of the Admiral’s Row complex on the western end. Admiral’s Row also includes Building 212, which opened last year and is home to the 76,000-square-foot Wegmans supermarket.
Building 77, which is considered the focal point of the Navy Yard, has tenants including Russ and Daughters, Transmitter Brewery and Pizza Yard, as well as vertically integrated design and manufacturing companies.
The Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation has a $2.5 billion master plan to create 10,000 additional jobs at the complex, which would bring the total number of jobs there to 30,000.
“The Yard has established itself as a leading destination for cutting-edge companies attracted to our ecosystem of creative and advanced tenants,” said Johanna Greenbaum, chief development officer at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, “and this momentum has continued despite the pandemic.
“Now we’re excited to build on that momentum by working with one of the city’s top leasing teams,” she added, “to introduce two of our premier spaces to the marketplace.”