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Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation Seeks Development Of Large Waterfront Site To Address Climate Change

BNYDC has issued an RFEI for the unique opportunity to develop a 2.75-acre site on the Brooklyn waterfront for clean energy infrastructure or the production of climate technology.

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Brooklyn, NY – In response to the pressing climate crisis, the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation (BNYDC) today issued a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) for the development and operation of a 2.75-acre parcel on the Brooklyn waterfront for clean energy infrastructure or the production of technology addressing climate change. The full RFEI is available here.

The RFEI has outlined two specific proposed uses for the site through this RFEI:

  • Clean Energy Infrastructure: An energy infrastructure facility that enables the interconnection or generation of clean energy into New York City, otherwise reduces the grid’s use of fossil fuels, or similar clean energy or decarbonization infrastructure.
  • Climate Solutions Urban Manufacturing: A manufacturer that will design, fabricate and/or assemble products that further the green transition, in areas including but not limited to energy-efficient building materials and systems; the generation of renewable power and/or storage; or assist in the transition towards e-mobility options.

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The site includes an existing building and waterfront land and is already zoned for certain heavy industrial uses. Respondents may either propose the demolition of the existing building and construction of a new facility on its footprint, or incorporation of some or all the existing building into a new facility. BNYDC encourages respondents to propose innovative projects that are economically viable, financially sustainable and aim to address climate change.

The procurement will be administered in two stages. The Stage 1 RFEI requires interested respondents to submit conceptual information on a proposed project with an outline of general economic terms and a description of the project’s benefits. Following the evaluation of RFEI responses, BNYDC will then issue a more detailed Stage 2 Request for Proposals (“RFP”). The Stage 2 RFP will seek additional information and specifics on proposed projects and require respondents to undergo a thorough due diligence process.

BNYDC is a mission-driven developer and a significant provider of meaningful career pathways. Preference will be given to respondents that include MWBE prime or subcontractors in their plan, as well as specific social impact goals or priorities.

“Pressing challenges require big solutions. And that has never been more apparent than the climate crisis we find ourselves in now,” said Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation President and CEO Lindsay Greene. “As the Brooklyn Navy Yard advances its next chapter of sustainable development, we welcome creative proposals to develop this unique site that will help grow our green economy while advancing climate justice, and complement our burgeoning community of climate solutions businesses.”

BNYDC is the not-for-profit administrator of the Brooklyn Navy Yard on behalf of the City of New York. The 300-acre closed campus is home to 550+ businesses employing more than 11,000 people and generates more than $2.5 billion annually in economic impact for the city. Businesses range in industrial focus from food production to advanced manufacturing to ship repair and life sciences, including over 40 climate-focused businesses. BNYDC also operates the successful Yard Labs piloting program and is the non-profit operator of the Brooklyn STEAM Center, a modern technical education high school embedded in the Navy Yard where students are exposed to work-based learning in six industry pathways. In addition, BNYDC’s on-site Albert C. Wiltshire Employment Center provides workforce training and placement.

This procurement will help the City and State of New York reach its ambitious climate targets of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating new career opportunities for disadvantaged New Yorkers. The procurement also bolsters the City of New York’s recently released Green Economy Action Plan, which aims to grow New York’s green economy and create nearly 400,000 “green collar” jobs by 2040.

RFEI responses are due June 26, 2024. Interested respondents are invited to attend a pre-submission site visit either on April 25, 2024, or May 15, 2024. All related procurement inquiries must be submitted by May 22, 2024. To RSVP for a site visit or to inquire about the procurement, please email

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About the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation

The Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation (BNYDC) is a not-for-profit corporation that serves as the real estate developer and property manager of the Yard on behalf of its owner, the City of New York. BNYDC’s mission is to fuel New York City’s economic vitality by creating and preserving quality jobs, growing the City’s modern industrial sector and its businesses, and connecting the local community with the economic opportunity and resources of the Yard. BNYDC’s vision is a vibrant and dense, modern manufacturing community where businesses are provided the stability needed to invest, grow, and thrive and where diverse candidates can attain quality jobs. |