Last year, Mayor de Blasio announced a $140 million redevelopment plan for the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and now it looks like the scheme will be even more attractive to the public now that it includes something everyone loves–food. Designed by Marvel Architects, a new 60,000-square-foot food court is expected to draw hungry crowds to the Navy Yard when complete. The giant space will serve not only as a place for the neighborhood to grub, but also as a gathering space and lunch spot for the building’s many employees.
The massive Brooklyn Navy Yard complex was previously disconnected to the outside world for nearly 200 years thanks to razor wire, concrete walls, and a remote location. But now, the industrial park’s $140 million redevelopment is making the area a better and more accessible place to work and visit.
Marvel’s food court and “collaboration hub,” will change the nature of the Navy Yard for the first time since its inception by creating an allure for the general public. BLDG 77, which dates back to World War II, will be transformed into a grand hall and welcome center. Situated on Flushing Avenue, the space will be opened up to connect the two outdoor areas that face the street and the industrial park.
The grand hall will house retail shops, mostly of the culinary variety, including public outposts for food related tenants of the Navy Yard. According to Marvel, the building’s original columns will be preserved in the design, but more windows will be carved from the façade in order to give the food court a bright and airy feel. Once completed, up to 7,000 employees from businesses across the Navy Yard will be able to have lunch together, side by side, while noshing on the many culinary treats offered by vendors. The project is slated to be completed by late 2016.