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Eyes on the City: Industrial Business Zones

Yesterday the de Blasio Administration announced an industrial and manufacturing development strategy that includes promising changes to land use controls and regulations. The changes would tighten regulations on creation of storage faculties, big box stores, and other undesirable uses in the city’s 16 industrial business zones and update the zoning laws to allow a greater mix of uses in industrial zones. After many decades of decline, the past three years has shown growth in the number of manufacturing jobs in Brooklyn. This is largely attributable to the success of areas like the Brooklyn Navy Yard and Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center. The Administration is hoping the regulatory changes will allow for more of these areas, to support more creative, tech, and light industry manufacturing jobs. MAS has long supported the creation of new manufacturing jobs and reuse of iconic and historic buildings on the city’s waterfront. Our Save Industrial Brooklyn campaign in 2007 identified numerous historic structures along the Brooklyn waterfront and called for them to be preserved. We look forward to working with the Administration as it pursues this effort.