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COURIER L 6 IFE, MARCH 13-19, 2020
Beep gives the
Eric Adams approves Industry City
rezoning, but demands changes
Developers are seeking a massive rezoning of Industry City. Industry City
BY ROSE ADAMS
Borough President Eric Adams announced
his support of the controversial
Industry City rezoning on Monday
— but only if the developers fi rst adhere
to a list of recommendations.
“These recommendations represent
a holistic, comprehensive vision for the
future of Industry City, to both address
the needs of long-time Brooklynites and
revitalize this long-neglected area by
promoting the growth of good-paying
jobs in maker industries for local residents,”
Adams said in a statement.
The owners of Industry City, a 35-acre
manufacturing hub on the Sunset Park
waterfront, are looking to change the
complex’s zoning to allow for a 12-year,
$1 billion redevelopment that would add
big box retail, academic spaces, and hotels
to the campus.
The rezoning push has fi ercely divided
the largely immigrant, workingclass
neighborhood — with supporters
arguing that the development would
bring desperately-needed jobs, and critics
charging that the glitzy new space
will drive up rents and displace locals.
Industry City executive Andrew
Kimball offi cially submitted the rezoning
application last October, kicking off
the seven-month land use review process
that allows various community
stakeholders to weigh in before the application
heads to the City Council for a
fi nal vote.
Together, the rezoning application
consists of four articles — of which Adams
approved three and disapproved
• A zoning map amendment to
change the land’s zoning designation
• A zoning text amendment to expand
the accepted uses for the land (approved).
• A special permit to allow Industry
City to build according to the rules laid
out in the zoning text (disapproved).
• The de-mapping of 40th Street to
transfer the roadway to Industry City’s
However, Adams’ approval of the
zoning map amendment and his disapproval
of a special permit came with a
list of conditions that the developers
must adhere to as a predicate to his fi -
Like the local community board, the
Beep’s biggest demands were that the
builders restrict trucking terminals
and warehouses, scrap plans for hotels
on the site, and reduce the amount of retail
Adams also called on the city to
explore the possibility of opening a
STEAM education center or technical
high school within Industry City and
provide funding for affordable housing
and tenant advocacy groups, in addition
to other conditions.
Following the recommendation,
Kimball lauded Adams’ vote, dubbing it
a win for the rezoning application.
Activists, meanwhile, slammed Adams’
approval of the project — claiming
his conditions were not nearly enough
to justify such development.
“Instead of standing to protect Sunset
Park, Brooklyn Borough President
Eric Adams is siding with Industry
City’s landlords to replace our manufacturing
waterfront with a large luxury
retail mall,” said Michael Medina,
a Sunset Park resident who works with
the grassroots group Protect Sunset
Park. “We need our elected offi cials to
prioritize a public waterfront plan. Not
another corporate rezoning.”
The City Planning Commission will
issue its recommendations for the rezoning
before it moves to the City Council.
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