Mayor Bloomberg Announces Programs to Expand the Reactivation of Brooklyn’s Working Waterfront
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg Monday announced a series of programs to expand the ongoing reactivation of Brooklyn’s working waterfront. Through the “Sunset Park Waterfront Vision Plan” unveiled today, the City will invest more than $165 million — with an additional $105 million in State, Federal and private funds — in the industrial waterfront, activate 3.5 million square feet of industrial space, create 2,000 industrial and construction jobs over the next two years and 11,000 jobs in all, add 22 acres of open space and reduce regional truck traffic by 70,000 trips per year. Mayor Bloomberg also outlined “DiverseCity,” the Administration’s economic diversification strategy to spur entrepreneurship and target industries in which New York City has competitive advantages, including: certain industrial and distribution subsectors, green building and design, bioscience, media, tourism, fashion, financial services and nonprofits.
Joining the Mayor at the announcement, which took place at the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal in Sunset Park, were Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Congresswoman Nydia M. Velazquez, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, New York City Economic Development Corporation President Seth W. Pinsky, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President Carl Hum, and Sims Metal Management Group Chief Executive Officer Dan Dienst.
“On Brooklyn’s waterfront, the City has a unique opportunity to build upon existing assets — including a talented workforce and industrial and maritime infrastructure — to create permanent industrial jobs,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “Through a series of investments aimed at bringing aging infrastructure to good repair, professionalizing maritime and rail service, and increasing and diversifying job-intensive industrial uses along the waterfront, the Sunset Park Waterfront Vision Plan lays out a series of short and long-term steps to strengthen the area as a center for industrial growth. Like our efforts to bolster growth industries like media, bioscience and tourism, protecting our existing industrial jobs and taking steps to add new ones will help achieve our goal of diversifying our economy and offering opportunities to all New Yorkers.”
“I applaud the Bloomberg Administration because its new Sunset Park Waterfront Vision Plan is an excellent framework for the discussion and advancement of New York City’s maritime and rail infrastructure, and most importantly, is a critical acknowledgement of the importance of increasing goods movement efficiency, which will make the City far more sustainable and productive in the future,” said Congressman Nadler. “The efficient movement of goods, while not a topic that captures the imagination of most New Yorkers is an issue of phenomenal and immediate importance to our City and our Region. It means more and better jobs, and a much healthier environment.”
“The Sunset Park Waterfront Vision Plan sets us on a promising path toward reviving and enhancing Brooklyn’s waterfront,” said Congresswoman Velázquez. “I look forward to working with the City to find ways to strengthen local small businesses and foster green jobs and industry.”
“Brooklyn is booming,” said Borough President Marty Markowitz. “And the initiatives and projects outlined today will add to that boom. In Sunset Park, just as the strong commitment to brownfields clean-up and the opening of the waterfront to residents with a new park constitute great leaps forward-we also applaud the announcement that Phoenix, Sims and Axis will become full fledged members of the Brooklyn Waterfront community. These companies are the bellwether of future industrial growth in the area-growth that will create good jobs and utilize environmentally sustainable construction and operational practices while employing water and rail transportation to take trucks off our neighborhood streets. I commend Mayor Bloomberg on his continued faith in and attention to the borough of Brooklyn.”
“We are here today recognizing how valuable the Sunset Park Waterfront is to the economy of the City of New York,” said Council Member Gonzalez. “I will continue to ensure that a comprehensive vision plan addresses community needs and concerns while preserving and creating quality jobs, creating open space, reducing truck traffic, implementing green practices, and improving the business environment for existing and future industrial tenants, all of which are goals I have supported since my days as Chair of Community Board 7. At that time, I signed onto working waterfront principles with Congressmembers Nadler and Velzaquez, which I still adhere to today.”
Brooklyn Daily Eagle