The $185 million project renovated the former World War II-era storage facility. City officials expect the 16-story building to be home to more than 3,000 jobs.
The project is the centerpiece of a $1 billion city investment at the Navy Yard to add two million square feet of space and create 10,000 good-paying jobs by 2020.
“This building is going to be a difference maker for so many companies,” de Blasio said. “It is going to give them the chance to live up to their dreams, and to create a whole lot more jobs in the process.”
The mayor’s New York Works plan seeks to create 100,000 jobs in the next decade. One-fifth of those jobs would be in the industrial and manufacturing sectors.
Building 77 includes a 60,000-square-foot ground-floor Food Manufacturing Hub that will serve as a public gateway to the Navy Yard.
“The Brooklyn Navy Yard is far from done,” de Blasio said. “And this is another step in the evolution and reaching the potential of the Navy Yard.”
The building was initially erected in 1942 as part of the U.S. Navy’s wartime mobilization. It was used as a storage facility, but provided fewer than 100 jobs and no windows on its first 11 floors.
To renovate Building 77, officials removed and replaced more than three million pounds of concrete.
“We lived through the reality of losing manufacturing in this city for decades, and a lot of people counted us out,” de Blasio said. “This is an example of reasserting manufacturing in this city and in this country because it can be done here, and it should be done here.”