Friday’s hearing on the proposed Industrial Business Zones brought out a lot of Red Hook and Bushwick people objecting to the proposed boundaries in their neighborhoods.
The designations are meant to protect the industrial employers squeezed out by the overheated housing market. But the latest proposal would make it virtually impossible for developers to get variances that would permit new apartments in tasty manufacturing zones along the water and in other parts of booming Brooklyn.
At the end of her testimony on why the North Brooklyn zone should be smaller, Nina Englander, legislative assistant to Assemblyman (and Brooklyn Democratic chief) Vito Lopez, gave the bipartisan panel an unusual justification: “There are literally thousands of registered Democrats in the southern part of this zone.”
Was that supposed to be “thousands of residents”?
- Matthew Schuerman