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Councilman pushes for creation of city ‘tech hub’
March 24, 2015
A city councilman wants to rezone 100 acres in upper Manhattan to create a “tech hub,” in the hopes of attracting businesses like Google, Apple and Facebook.
Democrat Ydanis Rodriguez rolled out a plan Monday to convert more than 19 blocks of industrial-zoned streets in Inwood to allow for a “mixed-use tech community.”
The proposed rezoning would stretch from 201st to 220th Street and from 10th Avenue to the Harlem River, with the MTA’s 207th Street rail yard at its center.
“We will build a tech community on top of the rail yards,” Rodriguez said Monday in Washington Heights. “We will bring coding programs to train our students for the high-tech, well-paying jobs that can move our community forward.”