The National Park Service has endorsed the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation's plan to transfer the Brooklyn Tobacco Warehouse to performing arts presenter St. Ann's Warehouse, according to published reports. The approval is one more step in the process by which St. Ann's could begin its previously announced creation of a flexible cultural space, designed by H3 Hardy Collaborative Architecture, within the Civil War-era structure for its programming. In November, the board of directors of the Brooklyn Bridge Park conditionally designated St. Ann's Warehouse as the primary tenant of the warehouse.
The St. Ann's Warehouse proposal includes two performance spaces, including one theater that could accommodate audiences ranging in size from 300 to 700 people and a smaller one that could accommodate a maximum of 125 people. In addition, the company proposes to leave the triangular section of the structure largely uncovered, served by a park concession and open for public use during park hours. The remainder of the proposed facility includes a lobby, public restrooms and performance support space.
The proposal will require further approvals, including a review by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. After this and other approvals are secured, a lease for the Tobacco Warehouse with St. Ann's could be executed.
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