It’s official: Acme Smoked Fish is expanding
Greenpoint’s iconic Acme Smoked Fish is officially moving on from its longtime home on Gem Street. In a bid to keep the century-old company in the neighborhood, the City Council voted this week to approve a $550 million mixed-use development from realty company Rubenstein Partners, which includes plans for an expanded 95,300-square-foot production facility for Acme nearby, according to Crain’s New York. The seafood wholesaler’s current home at 30 Gem Street will be demolished as part of the expansion.
Local officials previously raised concerns about the “incredibly ugly,” nine-story development project — which, in addition to facilities for Acme, includes 454,000 square feet of commercial space and 33,800 square feet of retail space — but ultimately approved it to keep the company in the neighborhood.
Acme, one of the city’s largest seafood suppliers, had reportedly outgrown the 60,000-square-foot warehouse it’s been operating out of since 1954, fourth-generation owner Adam Caslow tells Crain’s. If approval for an expansion had not gone through, the company would likely have needed to relocate outside of Greenpoint.
The development is scheduled to break ground later this year, and Acme is expected to relocate to its new home by late 2024, according to Crain’s. The company intends to remain open throughout the transition period, an Acme spokesperson tells Eater.
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