Saving the Garment District
Saving the Garment District will take a village, but that’s okay.
Almost losing 95 percent of the workforce since the 1950’s. The plan to save the Garment District and bring back jobs to an area that has long died is under works. James Patchett, president and CEO of the New York City Economic Development Corporation has given news about the new plan. Patchett plans on using IDA tax incentive plan meant to support clothing manufacturing while reforming adjacent businesses. Also, in addition to creating businesses, they will curb hotel development in the area to seek a public-private partnership that will acquire a major garment building nearby dedicated to the production of clothes.
Even though it took a year for a formal plan to take place, it is now underway and ready to uplift the community we all know and love. Here is what the New York State Senator Marisol Alcantara said during a press release, “Saving and keeping the Garment District in Manhattan means saving valuable employment opportunities and preserving an industrial ecosystem unique to Midtown Manhattan…Moving production would have meant moving jobs and disconnecting production from fashion education, warehousing and display.”