City Finally Taking Possession of Admiral’s Row; Preservation to Follow

01/27/2012 2:55 PM |

The Timber Shed, one year ago. SInce then at least one more tree has fallen on its roof.
  • The Timber Shed, one year ago. SInce then at least one more tree has fallen on its roof.

Since 1987 Admiral’s Row—the set of stately officers’ homes and other historic buildings along Flushing Avenue near the southwest corner of the Brooklyn Navy Yard—has fallen further into disrepair as the city negotiated the transfer of the property (the last part of the yard not under its control) from the federal government. Today, at last, Senator Chuck Schumer will announce at a press conference that the terms of the transfer have been agreed upon, and the city will move ahead with its plans for the site.

A statement from Schumer, Brownstoner reports, explained that with the land finally transferred to the city, its redevelopment will go ahead as planned. That involves razing all but two of the historic structures to make space for a supermarket and manufacturing and industrial space.

The two buildings slated for restoration—Building B and the Timber Shed (pictured)—have steadily deteriorated throughout the protracted transfer process, during which time they were in the care of the Army, which did nothing to preserve or stabilize those structures.

The city will have to move quickly to secure those leaning buildings, especially in the (apparently unlikely) event that we get more snow this winter. Meanwhile no dates or developers have been announced for the supermarket and industrial building, which were given the go-ahead by the City Council in November of last year.

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