NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following statement shortly after the City Council’s vote approving amendments to the zoning text governing the Garment District.
“Collaboration and negotiation make good policy, and the process that brought us to today’s vote is yet more proof of that. I thank Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen and EDC President James Patchett for working with me and Speaker Johnson to produce a plan that will work for the Garment District’s many stakeholders, both inside and outside the manufacturing sector.
“The Garment Center’s unique ecosystem of skilled workers and specialty suppliers clustered in one place is a foundation that the wider New York fashion world is built on. What we’ve negotiated here is a real plan to strengthen that foundation, and now it’s critical that we follow through on every element of it – including maximizing the success of the IDA program, and making sure we purchase permanent space for manufacturing in the Garment Center. There’s still more to do, but working together, we can make sure fashion continues to grow throughout the city, with a thriving manufacturing core here in Manhattan.”
Read the rest of B.P. Brewer’s statement and more information on the city’s plan for garment manufacturing here.