Decades after Industry City began to fall into disrepair, in 2013, the once thriving campus began to show new signs of life. Seeking to reclaim Industry City’s historical role as a hub of innovation and local job creation, a new team began a significant repair and reinvestment program that is boosting jobs and opportunity in the neighborhood. To facilitate local inclusion and opportunity, the Industry City team has established a strong commitment to community engagement anchored by four pillars: Workforce/Small Business Development, Education, Sustainability, and Community Events.
Built by Irving T. Bush, Bush Terminal, now known as Industry City, becomes an industrial powerhouse for the next half-century serving as one of the nation’s largest privately-owned intermodal industrial complexes.
A long decline in urban manufacturing impacts cities across the country, accelerating in the 1970s through 1990s. Jobs at Industry City collapse from a high of 25,000 to a low of 1900.
After decades of neglect, a new ownership group begins to reinvest in the Industry City buildings determined to bring them back to life as a hub for innovation and local job creation.
The Industry City team, after two years of experience on the ground and extensive consultation with local stakeholders, announces a ten-year billion dollar redevelopment to rehabilitate and expand the entire Industry City campus creating 20,000 jobs.
With over 250 million invested in building and place-making improvements since 2013, the number of businesses at Industry City have grown from 150 to 450 and jobs from 1900 to 6500, a rate of 100 new jobs a month.
Sunset Park area residents have benefited from services offered at the Innovation Lab, an on-site job training, placement and entrepreneur support center at Industry City
35% of Industry City workers come from Southwest Brooklyn Communities and
of Sunset Park residents who live and work in the neighborhood work at Industry City
Businesses based at Industry City are collectively growing by an average of
from 1,900 jobs to more than 6,500
Hundreds of thousands of area residents have flocked to activities and events
of goods and services have been purchased from Brooklyn-based businesses with a focus on community-based procurement
has been spent on basic building infrastructure making Industry City a model for adaptive reuse and sustainability
ranging from some of the oldest manufacturing companies in NYC to tech entrepreneurs, design and media companies have moved to or expanded at IC
In 2016, Industry City opened the Innovation Lab, a community, job training and entrepreneurship center run in partnership with local stakeholders. Since the beginning of its redevelopment, Industry City has been focused on local sourcing with over $80 million going to Brooklyn businesses.
From STEM education for local elementary school students, to architecture and engineering internships for local high school students, to veterans and local small business entrepreneurship programs, Industry City has collaborated with and supported a broad range of educational partners to facilitate inclusion and opportunity in the Innovation Economy and Industry City’s redevelopment.
As one of the largest adaptive reuse projects in the nation, Industry City is a model for sustainability. From energy efficiency, to open space, to supporting green manufacturing and green/clean tech businesses, Industry City has introduced a range of sustainability initiatives over the last four years.
Over the last four years, IC has hosted hundreds of free events for the community from Salsa Sunday dance parties, to job and maker fairs, to scores of school field trips and a pop-up interactive bilingual exhibit by the Brooklyn Children’s Museum.