The Brooklyn Tech Triangle coalition at an Association for a Better New York meeting today revealed its plan to expand Brooklyn's tech community and help downtown Brooklyn in the process.
The coalition, along with the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, hopes to increase the NYC tech presence in the Brooklyn Tech Triangle by 10% to 15% by 2015, according to the plan. The rise in tech employment would result in more than two million extra square feet for tech space occupancy, compared to 1,700,000 square feet currently. The expansion will lead to over 20,000 tech jobs.
Several Brooklyn, including Dumbo and the Brooklyn Navy Yard, already boast a large number of tech firms, but the downtown area suffered due to inadequate office space, officials said.
To combat the problem, bus routes will be expanded, as well as new ferry stops will open at Jay Street and in the Navy Yard. A trolley service is also a possibility.
Other plans involve making a greenway called Brooklyn Strand that patches together 21 acres of green space, launching a coder training program in downtown Brooklyn and changing the Tech Triangle interface through measures such as expanding public WiFi throughout the district.
But the proposal that could really amp up downtown Brooklyn’s desirability is to fix up existing office spaces to meet the tech industry’s needs. The coalition wants to create tax subsidies for landlords who upgrade their buildings.