The restoration of the landmark Battery Maritime Building (BMB), located at the southern tip of Manhattan next to the recently rebuilt Whitehall Ferry Terminal, began in 2001 thanks to a $60 million investment by the city Economic Development Corporation (EDC). Plans for project were developed in the late 1990s, when the BMB's cast-iron façade was held together by layers of drab green paint over crusts of rust.
The restoration was completed in 2006. Work included the installation of a new exterior-lighting and gutter system and the restoration of stucco panels, the mansard and flat-area roofs, and the fourth-floor veranda.
In July 2007, the EDC awarded the interior redevelopment contract to the Dermot Company and the Poulakakos family; the lease was finalized in 2012. Plans for the BMB include a specialty foods marketplace in the building's Great Hall, and a new addition on the west side (to replace the current one) to house a boutique hotel and indoor/outdoor roof-top restaurant.
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