NEW YORK CITY-The leader of the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s transformation into an urban sustainable industrial park, Andrew Kimball, is leaving his position to join the private sector, the Yard’s management announced Thursday.
Kimball, who was appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in December 2005, will join Jamestown Properties as director of innovation economy initiatives. He was unavailable for comment at press time.
“Andrew Kimball has played a key role in the administration’s five-borough economic development strategy, creating thousands of manufacturing jobs even through the national recession,” says Mayor Bloomberg in the announcement by the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp. “Today, the Brooklyn Navy Yard is a vital innovation hub where modern-era manufacturers are making products, generating jobs and reshaping our economy.”
As president and CEO of the not-for-profit BNYDC, the entity responsible for developing and managing the 300-acre city-owned industrial park—one of the city’s highest-profile industrial success stories of recent years—Kimball and his team implemented a $250 million public investment program, which leveraged some $750 million in private investment, the announcement states.
During Kimball’s tenure, the Yard’s tenant roster grew to more than 300 industrial businesses with 6,400 employees, up from 3,600 in 2001. More than 2 million square feet of new space is in development to serve the Yard’s wait list of more than 100 firms, with employment at the Yard expected to double within five years, according to the announcement.
“Andrew’ and his team were able to work with area stakeholders—elected officials, businesses and community residents—to open the Yard, create jobs, and help prepare area residents for employment opportunities,” says Alan Fishman, chair of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp. board of directors. “Perhaps his greatest accomplishment is that Andrew put in place a solid team, built strong ties to the community for the Yard and created a sustainable development plan.”
In his new role, Kimball will oversee transformation of Jamestown’s growing portfolio of outdated and urban industrial properties, into vibrant, modern-era maker communities. The company has manufacturing developments in New York, Atlanta, Boston, San Francisco and other cities across the country.
“Andrew Kimball has redefined what an urban manufacturing complex can be,” says Michael Phillips, principal and COO of Jamestown Properties, in the announcement. “Andrew understands the future of industrial properties and their role in the new innovation, maker-fueled economy. We look forward to deploying his talents across the country at various properties.”
Says Kimball, in the announcement, “I am very grateful for the opportunity to serve in the Bloomberg Administration. Jamestown Properties presents a tremendous opportunity to transform the national conversation on the reuse and repositioning of industrial assets. As manufacturing shifts to light, sustainable tech-based uses, Jamestown is the perfect place to make a large-scale impact.”