When Mayor Bloomberg took office in 2002, there were 12,542 acres in the city where manufacturers could set up shop.
If the latest round of proposed zoning changes goes through, the Bloomberg administration will have rezoned 20% of that factory-friendly land, according to a study by the Pratt Center for Community Development obtained exclusively by the Daily News.
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"The Bloomberg administration had a strategic plan from the beginning - to rezone or redevelop manufacturing areas to promote, originally, office space," said Pratt Center Executive Director Brad Lander.
"But it's worked out to be almost entirely residential development," he said. "There's a real concern it's gone too far."
More than 20 Bloomberg rezonings have converted manufacturing land into residential or commercial uses, transforming neighborhoods like Red Hook, Long Island City and the South Bronx into trendy residential addresses.
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My favorite -
Greenpoint-Williamsburg Plan, May 2005: "The 184-block rezoning wiped out 1 million square feet of manufacturing-only zones, and turned an industrial area with a 35-block shoreline perimeter to residential zoning for luxury towers. Inland, light industrial zones were drawn — the city’s attempt to help small business — but rents as much as tripled. Industrial job loss was estimated at 4,000 by a Rutgers University study. Promised public green space has yet to materialize."
And here's the Queens map.