The $37 million project, which is expected to create 80 jobs, is a joint effort between the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center (GMDC).
“Now more than ever, we must ensure that our economy is diverse, equitable, and provides opportunity for all New Yorkers,” EDC president Maria Torres-Springer said. “Supporting the industrial sector is critical to that effort.”
The new industrial center will be home to small and medium-sized industrial and light manufacturing businesses. GMDC is hoping to begin work in June 2017 with a goal of opening in September 2018.
The modern workspace at 94-15 100th Street will be equipped with new freight elevators and be partially powered through solar energy.
Currently, the site is home to Worksman Cycles, a bicycle and cart manufacturer. The company recently expanded its assembly operations to South Carolina so doesn't need all of the space, according to president Wayne Sosin.
Sosin said Worksman will continue welding operations at the Ozone Park facility until they find a new space and work begins on the manufacturing center.
He called leaving the space a natural progression, but he hopes they’re able to maintain a presence in Queens and specifically Ozone Park.
Sosin said they received offers to turn the space into a warehouse, but felt that wouldn't bring the job potential an industrial center offers.
“This is what we believe in,” Sosin said. “Worksman Cycles believes in American manufacturing.”
State Senator Joseph Addabbo encouraged future businesses to hire local Queens residents.
“When businesses are able to operate in Queens, employment opportunities are created right here in our own backyards,” he said.