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Building Brooklyn Awards honors the borough’s best new business projects

The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and its Real Estate & Development Committee recognized some of the best new construction and renovation projects to hit the borough as part of its’ annual Building Brooklyn Awards 2016, held on Wednesday, July 20 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s Duggal Greenhouse.

The ceremony, which began in 2000, exists to honor new construction/renovation projects and individuals who have significantly contributed to enriching Brooklyn’s neighborhoods, business conditions and economic climate.

“The awards are really a showcase of the Brooklyn real estate industry, the great developments happening, projects and economic developments occurring throughout the borough.” explained Carlo Scissura, president and CEO of the chamber.

The 10 award categories ranged from “Community and Culture” to “Historic Restoration,” with the winners being as follows:

Adaptive Reuse Award — Terra Commercial Realty Group, Prospect Heights

TerraCRG Award For Arts and Recreation — St. Ann’s Warehouse, DUMBO

Community and Culture Award — Hellenic Classical Charter School, South Slope

Economic Development Award — United American Land, Brooklyn Heights

Education Award — Barry Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema (Brooklyn College), Brooklyn Navy Yard

Historic Restoration Award — Spungen Residence, Brooklyn Heights

National Grid Award for Energy Efficiency — Green Manufacturing Center, Brooklyn Navy Yard

Neighborhood Retail Award — Joya, Wallabout

Residential-Affordable Award — Alan Epstein Houses, East New York

Residential-Low Rise — R-951 Pacific, Prospect Heights

According to Scissura, the awards process begins with the nomination of close to 30 candidates. Then, an independent jury made up of architects, media representatives and other individuals selects which businesses are most deserving.

“Brooklyn is the hottest real estate market anywhere. To be awarded based on what you have created, what you have done is exciting,” said Scissura. “It shows your work is being noticed by people across the city.”

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