$136m investment for NY manufacturing campus

The mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, has announced a $136m investment for a "Manufacturing Campus" at Bush Terminal in Brooklyn.

Designed by local firm WXY architecture + urban design, the campus will feature "state-of-the-art, affordable production space" for film, television production and garment manufacturing.

Two buildings will be renovated to create a 200,000 sq ft garment manufacturing space and a 100,000 sq ft television production facility.

The "Made in New York" project will be based in "underutilised" buildings in south Brooklyn’s Sunset Park district.

The development will create 1,500 permanent jobs and 800 construction jobs.

The fashion industry already employs 182,000 workers, 5% of New York’s job force, while the film industry is home to 130,000 jobs in the city.

Garment manufacturing comprises 30% of New York’s manufacturing jobs.

The New York mayor’s office says that "Both sectors face a shortage of stable, affordable space necessary for companies to grow and add jobs".

They add that 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".

Images courtesy of WXY architecture + urban design

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