Proposals for DUMBO’s Empire Stores include green roofs, retail, office space
Ten design firms have submitted ambitious proposals for the development of the long-empty Empire Stores coffee warehouses on the waterfront in DUMBO, Brooklyn.
The proposals aim to generate income for the adjacent Brooklyn Bridge Park while preserving and reusing the landmarked 19th century structures.
The designs include retail, office and cultural space, and have built in features like terraced green roofs, glass structures, outdoor decks and restaurants.
On April 19 the Community Advisory Council (CAC) provided feedback to Brooklyn Bridge Park, which is mulling over the proposals. The design firms will remain unnamed so as not to “bias” the process. The park hopes to announce the winning firm sometime this summer.