GDA Response to Garment Center Steering Committee
Today, Borough President Gale Brewer released the recommendations from the Garment Center Steering Committee. The Garment District Alliance finds these recommendation inadequate in addressing the issues facing the industry and the neighborhood.
The GDA believes that restrictions on buildings in the Garment District has dampened the economic development of the area whilst doing nothing to ensure the retention of apparel production jobs here or in New York City. We look to other solutions. Read the full response from GDA President Barbara A. Blair below.
City officials and experts have agreed for years that the current Garment District zoning is, and always has been, ineffective.
Borough President Gale Brewer - May 10, 2017
"We all also agree that the manufacturing preservation requirement in the Garment District’s zoning has been a flawed mechanism for actually protecting garment manufacturing in Manhattan"
Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen - May 10, 2017
"There is more and more consensus that the outdated preservation requirement has not proven effective at securing this industry the affordable, quality manufacturing space it needs. Thirty years of continuous job losses prove it"
Amanda Burden, Former Planning Commission Chairman - February 14, 2007
"The Garment Center has perhaps the most anachronistic zoning in the entire city," Ms. Burden told 600 business leaders. "It's a bad place to invest in buildings, and it's not even a good place to work because of the lack of investment."
NYC Department of Planning - Real Deal, 2014
The zoning is “obsolete and not serving the interests of tenants, manufacturers, the fashion industry or property owners, nor is it achieving the goals set forth when it was adopted in 1987"
The current zoning laws have failed to prevent drastic loss of manufacturing jobs since they were enacted in 1987.