MGB POPS is a direct response to residents’ requests for more retail and food options in a neighborhood that suffers from historically low outside commercial investment.
Residents raised the subject at the first Hope Summit, a large-scale community-planning meeting coordinated by Community Solutions with the goal of facilitating resident-led change in the neighborhood. As usual, the data validates residents’ sense of what their neighborhood needs most.
The marketplace will be home to free-standing vendor kiosks and stores housed in modified shipping containers, replete with the wares of local entrepreneurs and businesses. When the shops open, residents will find locally made clothing, food, accessories, cosmetics and more. MGB POPS won’t just cater to locals, but will offer a new destination for residents citywide to purchase local food and crafts, and build on Brooklyn’s well-known reputation as a hub for artists and entrepreneurs.
Program: Open Air Market
Area: 2,500 sf
Status: Completed 2014
Project Architect: Thomas Kosbau
Design Team: Layman Lee, Nicholas Reiter, Helena Daher Gomes, Wesley Thompson, Michelle Mortensen
Mural: Quardean Lewis-Allen, Made in Brownsville