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BROOKLYN, NY-Mayor Michael Bloomberg and city council speaker Christine Quinn revealed plans for the Brooklyn Navy Yard Historical Center here. Once renovated and expanded, with a modern structure attached to the rear of the building, the 25,000-sf facility will house a new center that will celebrate the Navy Yard’s past, present and future and will provide community meeting space and office facilities for the Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment. The historical center will open in early 2010.

Renovation of Building 92 will include construction of a modern building behind the current structure, and will achieve LEED status as designated by the US Green Building Council. “The Brooklyn Navy Yard is currently undergoing its largest expansion since World War II,” notes Bloomberg in a prepared statement. “While it is important to continue the transformation of the Navy Yard into one of the most successful urban industrial parks in America, it also is essential that we remember its rich and historic past. This new ‘green’ facility will celebrate the Yard’s history as well as its continued development as a national model for sustainable industrial parks. It will also continue the Navy Yards role as a good neighbor to the surrounding communities by providing local meeting space.”

The New York City Council committed $10 million towards the $15-million project. The remaining $5 million in funding will be jointly raised through public-private partnerships. The current building was designed by Philadelphia architect Thomas Walter–part of the team that designed the US Capitol in Washington, DC. An RFP for design of this project will be issued this week.

The Brooklyn Historical Society has been enlisted to serve in an advisory capacity for the development of an exhibit for the historical center and associated educational programs. Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp. also established an advisory committee to develop a program for the historical center–comprised of historians, curators, exhibition designers and representatives from the Yard’s surrounding communities–which will work closely with the Navy Yard to design the exhibit. According to the statement, the exhibition is envisioned as having a robust multi-media component including both on-site and web accessible elements.

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