On June 14th, Bartlett Dairy, Incorporated received final approval from the City of New York to develop a 6 acre parcel of city owned property near the intersection of Nassau Expressway and Rockaway Blvd. Bartlett, a minority-owned, family-run local business, will develop a 54,000 square foot dairy distribution center on the site and gain ownership of the land. The new facility is expected to add 165 permanent jobs to the neighborhood with average salaries of $70,000. GatewayJFK spoke on behalf of the development during the City approval process. GatewayJFK believes that the facility will have minimal impact on the existing traffic patterns in the neighborhood and that the design and aesthetics of the development; which include a modern facility, ample parking, and an attractive fence with landscaping, will act as a prominent example to inspire future investment and revitalization in the area. Bartlett Dairy was selected for the site through a process led by the New York City Economic Development Corporation. The company was selected in part because it was able to meet the City’s industrial manufacturing criteria, Living Wage and HireNYC requirements for employees, as well as a 25% MWBE contracting goal for design and construction. The facility is expected to be completed in the fall of 2020.