ayton Performance, a company that specializes in custom-made professional racing engines, will receive New York Green Property Certification because the lot was part of the Brownfield Cleanup Program.
The location of the new shop at 105 Metropolitan Avenue was a vacant lot for over 27 years until it was enrolled in the program last February.
Ethan Bergman grew up in New York City and decided to open ayton Performance because he wanted to give an opportunity to young racing enthusiasts that he never had. The store will provide consulting services to major manufactures regarding their engines for professional motor sports.
“When I grew up here, there wasn't a race shop for me to go in and offer to sweep up the floors or find a mentor,” he said. “And the opportunity to bring that back to New York was just too good to pass up.”
When asked why he chose to take part in the Brownfield Cleanup Program instead of buying an existing building, Bergman admitted that he wasn't even aware of the program until he was already looking for a building to purchase. Once he enrolled in the program, however, he saw the benefits.
“It made me able to consider a full basement and expanding the facility and give more life and more value out of the small property that I have,” Bergman said. He was even able to design the building with consideration to being right-handed in order to make working with machines that much easier.
Daniel Walsh, director of the Office of Environmental Remediation, said that Bergman's work with the Brownfield Cleanup Program will end up paying off.
“For a typical Brownfield site, we offer up to $60,000 for a combination of investigation and cleanup,” Walsh said. “ayton Performance will receive more, however, because there are certain bonuses that we give for developers that go the extra mile like Ethan.”
Walsh said Bergman is set to receive around $85,000 for his participation in the program.
Bergman discussed how important being in Brooklyn is for his new business.
“If you're looking around Brooklyn today, you'll see a lot of innovators with a similar business plan,” he said. “Hand-built, meticulously designed products made by people who really care, who are doing it not the easy way but the right way. Here in Williamsburg I am surrounded by those people and can interact and work with them everyday.”