U.S. Navy Fleet Supply Base, Storehouse No. 2
April 25, 2013
Professional Circle members had an exclusive tour of Storehouse No. 2, part of the former U.S. Navy Fleet Supply Base on the Brooklyn waterfront. The tour was led by Gregory Dietrich of Gregory Dietrich Preservation Consulting and Marvin Schein of Salmar Properties.
Storehouse No. 2 is a significant, early 20th-century reinforced concrete intermodal warehouse. It was purpose built for the U.S. Navy under the Preparedness Act of 1916. The Navy Supply Base in Brooklyn was planned and built to capitalize on the freight potential afforded by water, rail and truck access. This intermodal capability facilitated the transport, storage and distribution of supplies for the Third Naval District, whose location, together with other military port operations in New York Harbor, constituted the most important embarkation point in the U.S. for cargo and troop ships bound for Europe during WWI.
Today, the decommissioned building is being converted to private sector uses including retail and light industry.
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