The Brooklyn Tech Triangle coalition chose a design team recently out of 17 proposals in order to improve transportation, infrastructure and land use in DUMBO, downtown Brooklyn and the Navy Yard. The winning team consists of WXY Architecture + Urban Design, Sam Schwartz Engineering, Control Group, and HR&A Advisors. The goal of the project is to boost the tech and creative industries in the area. According to Crain’s, the plan is expected to cost about $375,000.
Claire Weisz, principal of WXY, said, “This is the moment for Brooklyn, there is an amazing tech sector here. The numbers show how interested tech companies are in being in Brooklyn. We are hoping to find the key ingredients and make the neighborhoods even better and vibrant.” The team will begin the process with recommendations about improving transportation and infrastructure in the areas. The team will also work on real estate strategies that will help draw more tech firms to Brooklyn. It is yet to be determined how extensive the damage from Sandy will affect the plan. Despite that, the project is expected to be completed in 2013.
There are currently 9,600 people employed in the three Brooklyn neighborhoods which generate about $3.1 billion a year in economic activity, according to a study done by the coalition. By 2015, the “Tech Triangle” is estimated to have around 18,000 people employed which would generate $5.8 billion in economic activity.