City releases North Brooklyn industry plan
by Benjamin Fang
Nov 27, 2018 | 297 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
To help expand businesses in North Brooklyn’s industrial sector, the Department of City Planning (DCP) unveiled its industry and innovation plan last week.

The North Brooklyn Plan outlines recommendations and strategies to increase space for jobs and economy activity in the region. DCP released the plan after conducting a comprehensive study of the area.

“With nearly 20,000 jobs and a wide diversity of businesses, the North Brooklyn Industrial Business Zone (IBZ) is one of New York City’s most important job-producing centers,” said DCP Director Marisa Lago. “As this administration works to foster more good-paying jobs in a broad range of business sectors, the North Brooklyn Industry and Innovation Plan zeroes in on key goals and tools to modernize outdated industrial zoning.

“This will allow businesses, from construction to distribution, to custom manufacturing and food production, to creative tech and media, to build more jobs in this IBZ,” she added, “for the benefit of all New Yorkers and especially for local residents.”

As of 2016, 77 percent of the 19,500 jobs in the North Brooklyn IBZ were industrial. Between 2010 and 2016, the area gained 2,270 jobs. More than half were in the retail, arts and entertainment.

According to the report, the growth in non-industrial jobs has been concentrated in residential areas close to the L line. Loft buildings, for example, have been used as artist studios, lighting manufacturing, and art galleries or entertainment venues.

However, this increasingly diversified land use has created conflicts and strains on local infrastructure, the report finds.

The North Brooklyn Plan, DCP officials said, is intended to create a better business environment by preserving industrial jobs while also making room for emerging jobs in the creative sector.

By reducing competition for space and improving transportation and infrastructure, the plan seeks to maximize the sites available for all types of land uses.

“The recommendations outlined in this report to protect core industrial areas in the North Brooklyn IBZ will go a long way towards ensuring this area continues to serve as an economic generator for generations to come,” said Councilman Antonio Reynoso.

The plan proposes retaining two-thirds of the region as a “Core Industrial Area,” establishing limits on non-industrial uses such as large-scale entertainment. Parking, loading and floor area requirements would be adjusted to facilitate industrial growth.

DCP also recommends fostering an ecosystem of creative and tech-driven jobs in a “Growth District” by increasing permitted density and adjusting bulk regulations to encourage loft-style buildings.

Finally, the plan would create a “Transition Area” that serves as a buffer between the Core Industrial Area and the Growth District.

The North Brooklyn plan was developed after meetings with local businesses, residents and community organizations, including Community Boards 1 and 4.

“We are confident that these measures will allow for industrial and commercial business growth,” said Leah Archibald, executive director of Evergreen, “and create more space for growing manufacturers in our community.”
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