A groundbreaking Thursday marked the beginning of a major redevelopment project in DUMBO.
The ceremony at the 150-year-old Tobacco Warehouse kicked off the building's transformation into the home of St. Ann's Warehouse.
The theater and music group used to be on Jay Street.
"It's one of Brooklyn's most beloved structures, sitting underneath another one of Brooklyn's most beloved structures," said architect Jonathan Marvel. "In fact, what we're doing is, we're pairing up this fabulous historic ruin and turning it into a usable building on a year-round capacity."
"It's been very, very meaningful. We've been down in DUMBO since 2000. We opened shortly after 9/11, and we've been in temporary spaces ever since," said Susan Feldman, artistic director of St. Ann's Warehouse. "This is a dream come true."
Reaching an agreement wasn't easy. A lawsuit prompted a federal judge to order the Tobacco Warehouse returned to the public as parkland, and the city had to add nearly 40,000 square feet of new parkland to Brooklyn Bridge Park.