Category: Zoning

Brewer to de Blasio administration on Garment Center: “Start over”

NEW YORK — Despite a public outcry from garment industry stakeholders, the city’s Economic Development Corporation forged ahead with an announcement this morning of millions of dollars in funding dedicated to moving garment manufacturing businesses from Manhattan to Sunset Park, Brooklyn while the Dept. of City Planning considers the repeal of zoning protections for manufacturing in Manhattan’s Garment District. Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following statement in… Read more

B.P. Brewer and West Side elected officials raise concerns over threat to Garment Center

B.P. Brewer and West Side elected officials wrote to leaders of the City Planning Commission and Economic Development Corporation (EDC), raised concerns over planned zoning changes for Manhattan’s Garment Center and urging the agencies to delay their plans and consult more thoroughly with garment industry stakeholders. The planned zoning text amendment would scrap protections for industrial and manufacturing spaces the garment and fashion industries rely on, and pins those industries’… Read more

Now available: transcript, video, and testimony from public hearing on Greater East Midtown rezoning proposal

On Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 6:00 pm, the Manhattan Borough Board will held a public hearing on Greater East Midtown rezoning proposal, which was informed by the work conducted by the Midtown East Working Group (co-chaired by me and the City Council Member for the area, Daniel Garodnick). The Working Group conducted extensive discussions among all the neighborhood’s stakeholders, including the two Community Boards affected. This hearing is part… Read more

Statement of Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and Council Member Dan Garodnick on the Manhattan Borough Board’s vote in support of the East Midtown Rezoning

NEW YORK — Today, the Manhattan Borough Board adopted a resolution on the Dept. of City Planning’s East Midtown rezoning proposal, approving the plan on the condition of a number of changes and improvements. After the vote, Borough President Gale A. Brewer and Council Member Dan Garodnick issued the following joint statement: “Today was a milestone in our effort to rezone East Midtown — one that came after extensive Read more

Brewer, garment stakeholders say Garment District zoning “phase-in” essential

various rolled-up fabrics Garment District Steering Committee Report: Web | PDF NEW YORK – Today, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer released the Garment District Steering Committee’s final report and recommendations ( Web | PDF), and called upon the de Blasio administration to commit to what she highlighted as the group’s single most important recommendation: that any repeal of Garment District zoning protections be tied to the actual preservation of long-term garment… Read more

Brewer Hails Stop-Work Order on 180 E. 88th Development

The following statement can be attributed to be Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer: “Last week, together with Councilmember Ben Kallos, I asked the city’s Department of Buildings (DOB) to stop work on 180 East 88th Street. The developer there was using a loophole in the zoning code to circumvent contextual zoning. Kudos to the DOB for listening, and for issuing a stop work order today.” Background
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Broadway-Sherman Compromise Shows Mandatory Inclusionary Program Can Work When Tailored to Neighborhood Needs

Today, Borough President Gale A. Brewer announced her office has negotiated a framework for residential development at 4650 Broadway in Inwood, Manhattan’s first private application considered under the new Mandatory Inclusionary Housing program. Under the framework deal announced by Brewer, the developer committed to a shorter building with a significant number of apartments that will actually be affordable to Inwood residents. Brewer lauded the compromise as a victory for Inwood… Read more

Statement on Passage of Mayor’s Affordable Housing Zoning Proposals

“Since I was elected Borough President, I’ve called for two things: affordable housing included in every new residential development in Manhattan, and major revisions to the city’s opt-in affordable housing programs. The process that’s concluding today is a big step forward on both goals. “The mayor’s Mandatory Inclusionary Housing plan isn’t perfect, but it has the potential to put a big dent in the city’s housing crisis. Starting now, any… Read more

Manhattan Borough Board Votes Against Mayor’s Zoning Proposals, Outlines Needed Fixes

a room full of manhattan board members discussing proposals At a special meeting Monday morning, the Manhattan Borough Board formally voted to deny its approval to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Zoning for Quality & Affordability (ZQA) and Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH) Zoning proposals unless a range of outstanding major concerns are addressed. The Borough Board, made up of Manhattan’s Community Board chairs and City Council members, recommended disapproval of both plans by votes of 12-0, with four abstentions. “I… Read more

In Letter, B.P. Brewer and 28 Manhattan Electeds Voice Major Concerns With De Blasio Administration Zoning Plans

Last night, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and a group of 28 elected officials representing Manhattan sent a letter to City Planning Commission Chair Carl Weisbrod, outlining major concerns with the de Blasio administration’s Zoning for Quality & Affordability and Mandatory Inclusionary Housing zoning plans. “If approved, these text amendments have the ability to drastically reshape housing, particularly affordable housing, is constructed in New York City,” the elected officials… Read more