About Us

The Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center (GMDC) is the premier nonprofit industrial developer in New York City. Since its inception in 1992, GMDC has rehabilitated six North Brooklyn manufacturing buildings for occupancy by small manufacturing enterprises, artisans and artists. Currently GMDC owns and manages four of these properties, and has recently acquired a fifth property that is in the beginning stages of redevelopment. Together, these buildings represent more than half a million square feet of space, and are occupied by more than 100 businesses that together employ more than 500 people.

Our Mission

The Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center creates and sustains viable manufacturing sectors in urban neighborhoods through planning, developing, and managing real estate and offering other related services.

Here's how we do it:

  • We acquire, rehab, and manage derelict industrial properties.
  • We serve as a financial intermediary.
  • We act as advocates by building coalitions and fostering collaboration among stakeholders.
  • We create and influence policy and the allocation of resources related to manufacturing and/or industrial development.
  • We build the field and promote our model by publishing, presenting at conferences, and providing technical assistance to other communities.
  • New York City needs industrial real estate that provides small and medium-sized manufacturing enterprises with affordable, flexible production space.

The Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center (GMDC) started in the late 1980s as an innovative intersection of two interests: reclaiming derelict factories in North Brooklyn's Greenpoint neighborhood and sustaining industry and manufacturing in New York City. The organization formally incorporated in 1992.

From its initial purchase and redevelopment of a large facility at 1155 Manhattan Avenue for use by light manufacturers and artisans, GMDC has since expanded and today is the only nonprofit industrial developer in New York City. The organization acquires, develops, and manages industrial real estate that provides small and medium-sized manufacturing enterprises with affordable, flexible production space. 

GMDC, in addition to managing, maintaining, and improving its properties, actively looks for still more opportunities to uncover underutilized buildings. Crafting public/private financing, engaging staff in building design and reconstruction, and marketing newly renovated spaces to small businesses, manufacturers, and craftspeople are all ways GMDC can influence how unused properties will be reinvented and push its mixed-use agenda. GMDC seeks to position itself as a national model that could be replicated. Keeping light manufacturing and artisans in American cities is paramount to the preservation of buoyant mixed-use communities such as Greenpoint. 

As long as visionary designers, committed manufacturers, and active small businesses look to grow and thrive in New York City, GMDC will strive to help them realize their ambitions.

 

Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center
1155 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11222

Phone: (718) 383-3935
Fax: (718) 383-6339

Please contact us with your questions or comments.