In her State of the City speech Wednesday, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito called for increased protections for the city's dwindling industrial and manufacturing zones, putting her on a collision course with Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is eyeing those zones for housing.
Ms. Mark-Viverito said the City Council would work to implement recommendations laid out in a report issued last November to "protect industrial space and support growth in the city's traditional manufacturing sectors, like furniture and ethnic food, and also nurture growing creative-sector industries."
Ms. Mark-Viverito's speech came amid tension between the council and Mr. de Blasio over the future of the city's 21 industrial business zones. The mayor is looking for ways to add apartments to the IBZs, which former Mayor Michael Bloomberg shielded from residential rezoning but largely ignored during his final years in office. Critics sense a similar lack of enthusiasm from Mr. de Blasio, whose first budget slashed funding for the IBZ program and whose aides talk of putting "workforce housing" in industrial areas to advance the administration's goal of creating 80,000 affordable units.