Industry City, the 35-acre former manufacturing, warehousing and distribution complex in Sunset Park which in recent years has become a symbol of commercial gentrification, has agreed to put its further development and rezoning proposals with the city on hold, following calls by New York City Council member Carlos Menchaca and others that they undertake a more thorough neighborhood and community review before proceeding. A rezoning application and public review process (ULURP) had been slated to begin before the City Planning Commission on March 11.
Jaime de Jesus reports in Brooklyn Reporter that Menchaca and Community Board 7 Chairperson Cesar Zuniga were cheered by the decision.
“This is the right call and we thank Industry City for living up to its prior commitments to engage with the Sunset Park community by delaying its ULURP application,” they wrote in a joint statement.
“In addition to needing time to complete the community engagement process started last year, a critical and transparent analysis of the rezoning proposal’s possible impacts on displacement must be analyzed before starting ULURP. We look forward to working with Industry City in a community-led process to ensure the rezoning proposal benefits the entire Sunset Park community.”
Industry City’s current plan is for a 10-year, $1 billion redevelopment that would increase total usable space from 5.3 to 6.6 million square feet and create 15,000 on-site jobs through the building of hotels, as well as additional retail space and academic centers. Industry City says that currently 7,500 people are employed at over 500 businesses in the complex, a nearly 400 percent growth in the number of jobs over the last five years.
Go to Brooklyn Reporter to read more about the decision to slow down the rezoning process.