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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Reminder: KIngsbridge Armory Scoping Hearing Tonight at 6 p.m.

The scoping meeting concerning the redevelopment of the Kingsbridge Armory is at 6 p.m. at the Bronx Library Center, 310 E. Kingsbridge Rd., in the auditorium.

Basically, it's a chance for the public to say what they would like the city and the developers (The Related Companies) to include in their environmental impact study. For example, you might want to know how the new development will impact traffic or surrounding businesses or bus routes. So, if you want your say, show up and express yourself.

We know the Kingsbridge Armory Redevelopment Alliance (KARA) is going to express themselves before the public hearing even starts, at a 5:30 p.m. press conference in front of the library. They want living wage jobs ($10 an hour, plus benefits), affordable recreational and entertainment space, and more community space.

Members of the local community board, CB7, is also advocating for many of the same things and is sure to be there as well.

This will also inevitably turn into a hearing about what the community should get out of this project. That being said, the backdrop is that both the board and KARA are working to get more benefits for the community in the form of some kind of binding benefits agreement that The Related Companies would have to sign.

These benefits agreements have been seen as ineffective window dressing for other big projects in NYC (See Yankee Stadium and Bronx Terminal Market, another Related project). But other community benefits efforts for similar developments in other parts of the country have been much more successful (See the Staples Center in Los Angeles). For more on community benefits agreements, see the Community Benefits blog.


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