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City Council approves zoning changes in NYC garment district

December 21, 2018 - 6:02 pm

NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York City Council has approved zoning changes in Manhattan's garment district to allow more space to be used by a variety of businesses. Council members also boosted what's left of apparel production in a neighborhood that once clothed much of the country.

Council members voted unanimously Thursday in favor of easing a 1987 rule that required landlords to lease a certain amount of space to the fashion industry. They'll now be able to convert more buildings to office space. But landlords will get a tax break for setting aside at least 25,000 square feet for garment manufacturers. And the city plans to acquire a building dedicated to apparel production.

Also planned is a 200,000-square-foot clothing production hub in Brooklyn's Sunset Park.