Less than two decades after the Navy shipped out, the sprawling property is home to 130 companies and 10,000 employees in a mix as varied as fashion, pharmaceuticals, colleges and cupcakes. A 170-room hotel is under construction and development is expanding right to the Delaware River.
John Grady of the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp. says there was a lot of uncertainty when the private-public nonprofit took ownership of the land in 2000.
Last week, The Navy Yard celebrated its 10,000th employee milestone. That's more than the number of people working there when the Navy left in 1996.