Menchaca Wants Industry City Plans Put on Hold

A courtyard in Industry City. (Photo by Lore Croghan via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

City Council member Carlos Menchaca of Sunset Park and Red Hook and Community Board 7 Chair Cesar Zuniga have written a letter to Andrew Kimball, the executive behind Industry City, asking that they delay their application to rezone the more than 5 million-square-foot piece of land on the Sunset Park waterfront until further evaluation from the community is conducted. If not, plans for the application to move forward could be terminated, reports Jaime DeJesus for Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Officials say the $1 billion rezoning initiative could create some 15,000 jobs and generate millions in revenue for the neighborhood.

“If Industry City does not delay the application, and continue to follow the Sunset Park community’s lead, then this application is dead on arrival,” Menchaca told The Brooklyn Eagle.

In the letter, Menchaca and Zuniga asked that Industry City “give the community more time to consider the impact of zoning.”

“Community Board 7 is in the middle of a process to more comprehensively evaluate the waterfront and address concerns about displacement and gentrification, which has still divided members of the Land Use Committee. If this process does not finish, neither the Community Board nor the Council Member will be in a position to approve any rezoning,” the letter states.

“In speaking with the community and the larger constituency, I thought it was important to lift up a very important value we have here in Sunset Park — and that’s participatory democracy,” Menchaca told the Eagle. “The community should be really shepherding the future of its own neighborhood and has been doing so for a long time.”

Kimball said that this process has been underway for nearly five years, shaped by an amount of community outreach unheard of in similar rezonings.

Read more from Kimball and Menchaca at Brooklyn Daily Eagle, as well as at Kings County Politics.

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