Activists urge councilman to fight against Sunset Park rezoning plan

Posted: Updated:

A plan to rezone the Sunset Park waterfront is drawing fierce opposition from community members, who are urging Councilman Carlos Menchaca to join them.

The plan put forth by Industry City would allow taller buildings along the waterfront. Activists fear that would set in motion a chain of events that would eventually price out family businesses and longtime residents from the neighborhood.

They hand delivered a petition with nearly 3,000 signatures to the councilman Thursday. Menchaca came outside during the rally to take in the spectacle. He says the petitions add a diverse range of viewpoints that he'll consider with others as he weighs his position.

News 12 was told he plans to weigh in on the plans on Sept. 16.

A spokesperson for Industry City told News 12 in part, "In the past five years, the number of people working at Industry City has jumped from 1,900 to nearly 8,000. The rezoning would allow all of this to continue, creating far greater benefits than has already been achieved."

 

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."