Accommodating Growth while Protecting Industry
You'll learn about:
- The policy rationale for protecting industrial space in central city locations
- The policy tools for protecting this industrial space while accommodating growth
- Financial and design strategies that facilitate developing new industrial space without requiring the use of external subsidies
Modern cities still require a robust industrial sector to provide economic diversity, high-quality jobs, and goods and services essential to their residents and workers. At the same time, many of these cities are experiencing tremendous growth pressure that needs to be accommodated to support economic growth and keep rents affordable and equitable. Increasingly, commercial development is moving into less space-constrained manufacturing zones, particularly near transit, introducing new conflicts with existing industrial uses. Recognizing this conflict, the New York and San Francisco planning departments have developed robust policy strategies for their industrial land that accommodate growth while maintaining a stable industrial base.
Learn from key planning department staff members, who will share regulatory tools that incentivize development while protecting industrial space. Additionally, case studies of two places will explore how this plays out in practice. Study New York’s 25 Kent Avenue (a 340,000 square feet office development that will include 60,000 square feet of dedicated space for light manufacturing uses) and San Francisco’s “Hundred Hooper” project, where 300,000 square feet of office development is funding development of 150,000 square feet of new industrial space. The case studies will explore financial and design strategies to ensure economic viability and successful outcomes.
, San Francisco
Confirmed SpeakerAbbie serves as a Director of Policy & Real Estate at PlaceMade and SFMade. In that role, she leads efforts to secure long-term affordable industrial space to support a vibrant manufacturing sector. Through PlaceMade, she works on projects to create new and rehabilitated space tailored to the current needs of manufacturers. At SFMade, Abbie oversees the Places to Make program and policy efforts including the annual report on the State of Local Manufacturing. Abbie has wide range of experience in real estate economics, public policy and urban planning. For five years, she worked at Seifel Consulting Inc., a San Francisco-based real estate economics consulting firm where she managed complex urban land use revitalization projects, such as the Hunters Point Shipyard redevelopment plan. Abbie currently serves as a Mayoral Appointee to the Eastern Neighborhoods Citizens Advisory Committee in San Francisco. The daughter of a gourmet food manufacturer, Abbie fondly remembers working at the family business where her real education took place. Formally, she holds a BBA in International Finance from Texas A&M University and was a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs in San Francisco.
Confirmed SpeakerToby Moskovits is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Heritage Equity Partners, a woman-owned real estate and development firm specializing in mixed-use development in the New York metro region. The company’s fast-growing portfolio is comprised of unique, contextualized buildings in some of New York’s outer borough neighborhoods.In addition to the two-million square feet of commercial and residential properties the firm and its partners already completed. Heritage currently has a number of major projects in various stages of development: 25 Kent Avenue, an innovativelight industrial and office development in Williamsburg, Brooklyn,targeting tech, creative, and maker tenants; a 190-unit residential rental development at 564 St. John’s Place in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn; a 100,000-square-foot light industrial and office project at 215 Moore Street in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Other successful projects include: conversion of the old St. Vincent de Paul Church, rectory, and school in Manhattan into the Spire Lofts, a 100-unit residential rental building that preserves the original facade and ecclesiastical aesthetics; development of Grand Living, a five-story, 75,000-square-foot building in North Williamsburg, Brooklyn that is fully leased; conversion of the Quarry Building into a 40,000-sf, mixed-use property;and pre-development of 170-unit residential project at 41-21 28th Street in Long Island City, Queens. Prior to founding Heritage, Ms. Moskovits served as managing director of private equity and venture capital investment activity at Cammeby’s Capital Group, where she also developed a merchant banking practice. Ms. Moskovits, who holds an MBA from Bar Ilan University, also serves on the National Advisory Board of Springtime Enterprises, a nonprofit supporting women’s access to capital markets, and was the founder of Gotham Angels, which was a New York City-based Angel Investment group that provides angel investors with opportunities to invest in mature growth and middle market private equity opportunities. Ms. Moskovits resides in Queens with her three children.
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerJennifer Gravel is the Director of Industry Studies at the New York City Department of City Planning. She currently oversees several policy studies to inform land use and economic development planning, including the North Brooklyn Industry and Innovation Plan, the Resilient Industry Study, and implementation of zoning changes within Industrial Business Zones. Ms. Gravel was part of the inter-agency team that developed Mayor de Blasio's 10-Point Industry Action Plan, a comprehensive strategy to support the growth of industry in the City. Since joining DCP in 2004, she has worked on numerous area-wide rezoning studies, managed major private redevelopment applications, and supervised studies to support policy development ranging from residential parking requirements to zoning to support industry. Ms. Gravel holds a Masters in Urban Planning from the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and an undergraduate degree in English and Sociology from Middlebury College. She is also an APA AICP-certified planner.
, San Francisco Planning Department
, San Francisco
Confirmed SpeakerSteve Wertheim is the Project Manager for San Francisco's Central SoMa Plan. He has over 15 years experience as a city planner, including 10 with the City of San Francisco. Steve holds a BA in Public Policy from Duke and an Masters in City Planning from UC Berkeley.