Bloomberg Plans to Keep South Brooklyn's Waterfront Industrial

Mayor Bloomberg has unveiled a "vision" for the south Brooklyn waterfront, that calls for keeping the 2.5 mile coastline largely industrial, rather than converting it to residential use. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: Bloomberg's spent a lot of his time in office advocating for residential development in places like Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Long Island City. But Sunset Park, Brooklyn, is a different story. The Mayor says he hasn't changed his policy, but different parts of the city lend themselves to different uses.

BLOOMBERG: There's demand for residential, there's demand for retail, there's demand for commercial there's demand for industrial.

REPORTER: Bloomberg says the city's spending $165 million in southwestern Brooklyn to repair shipping piers, modernize warehouses and improve a freight rail line that runs through the neighborhood. The money will also pay for a 22-acre waterfront park for residents who live further inland. For WNYC, I'm Matthew Schuerman.