The Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center (GMDC) is the premier nonprofit industrial developer in New York City. Since its inception in 1992, GMDC has rehabilitated seven manufacturing buildings in Brooklyn for occupancy by small manufacturing enterprises, artisans and artists. GMDC currently owns and manages five of these properties, the newest among them being the recently completed redevelopment project at 1102 Atlantic Avenue.
GMDC has played a vital role in helping meet New York City’s need for affordable, flexible production space for small and medium-sized manufacturers. As long as visionary designers, committed manufacturers, and active small businesses look to grow and thrive in New York City, GMDC will be there to help them realize their ambitions. Currently, GMDC owns and manages five of these properties, which together represent more than 600,000 square feet of space. These buildings are occupied by more than 110 businesses that employ over 600 people.
The Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center creates and sustains viable manufacturing sectors in urban neighborhoods through planning, developing, and managing real estate and offering other related services.
GMDC’s proven method includes:
- Acquiring, rehabilitating, and managing neglected industrial properties
- Acting as advocates through collaboration and coalition building among key stakeholders
- Creating and influencing industrial development policy
- Building the field and promoting its model by publishing, presenting at conferences, and providing technical assistance to other communities
The Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center (GMDC) started in the late 1980s as an innovative intersection of two interests: reclaiming derelict factories in North Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood and sustaining industry and manufacturing in New York City. The organization formally incorporated in 1992.
The first major GMDC project, initiated in 1992, involved the purchase and redevelopment of a 360,000 square foot industrial complex located at 1155-1205 Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. In this venture, GMDC leveraged public and private capital of some $8 million, to successfully convert a neglected historic industrial building into a multi-tenant project that currently serves more than 70 small businesses that employ over 300 workers. The building hosts two photovoltaic arrays, one at 51 kW and the other at 59 kW.
GMDC’s work has attracted the attention of economic development policy makers and practitioners nationwide, as a replicable model to help low-income communities revitalize their business and employment base. GMDC’s efforts have been acknowledged by:
- Ernst and Young Entrepreneurship Award
- Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence
- HUD Economic Excellence Award
- Architects, Designers and Planners for Social Responsibility Award
- Governor’s Award for Small Business Advocacy
- NYC Chamber of Commerce/NYC Partnership Small Business Creation Award
- Union Square Social Entrepreneurship Award
- Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce’s Building Brooklyn Awards
- NYC Department of Small Business Services Neighborhood Achievement Award
- New York State Office of Historic Preservation Project Achievement Award
- National Development Council Project Showcase
GMDC has leveraged its work at Manhattan Avenue to redevelop six additional industrial centers. These buildings, like Manhattan Avenue, preserve and create permanent affordable space for small to medium-sized manufacturers who employ New Yorkers from every strata: high school to college graduates; life-long NYC residents to recent immigrants; and workers just developing their skill set to those trained in specific trades.
GMDC has built a model where hard-working, local New York businesses can find security with long-term leases and affordable rents. The small businesses that occupy GMDC’s buildings keep the city’s manufacturing sector active and lucrative, providing over 600 quality jobs to a diverse group of local New York residents. The 2016 average annual salary of $48,208, compared to the $27,030 in the retail sector and $27,310 in food prep and service, provides GMDC employees with a pathway to the middle class. GMDC continues to seek opportunities to leverage public and private funds to convert deteriorated buildings into thriving centers of hands-on work.
Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center
1155 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Phone: (718) 383-3935
Fax: (718) 383-6339
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