According to NY Daily News…

The city is making a fashion statement in Sunset Park.

The city’s Economic Development Corp. announced Thursday a $3.5 million plan to create a fashion design and manufacturing hub in the Liberty View Industrial Plaza next to Industry City.

“Fashion and manufacturing aren’t just legacy industries,” said Alicia Glen, deputy mayor for housing and economic development. “They are rapidly evolving parts of our economy that are adapting new technologies and changing every day.”

The city plans to develop a 160,000-square-foot area inside the cavernous former federal building on 31st St. and Third Ave. The new spot will be set aside for budding fashion designers to research, develop and manufacture their wares.

The space will be able accommodate up to 30 designers and 300 workers, according to city officials.

 Courtesy of NYC’s Economic Development Corp Cri Gabriele, whose company, HEART & NOBLE, plans to design and manufacture from the hub.

The hub will include a workforce development center to help instruct new staffers, a research and development center to help create new fashions, a small factory to make samples, and 12 private studios with classroom space and basic equipment like sewing machines.

Liberty View Industrial Plaza is a 1.1 million square foot, eight-story building that was leased to Salmar Properties for roughly $10 million, three years ago. The real estate firm has since spent $70 million to renovate the dilapidated building, installing 1,600 new windows and 17 elevators. There was no timeframe given for the hub to be opened in the still-vacant building.

The company now hopes to attract fashion firms “being squeezed out of Manhattan by high rents and lack of space,” said Salmar Properties co-founder Marvin Schein.

Story Source: NY Daily News