Just spoke with Council Member Joel Rivera, who was at City Hall getting some coffee and preparing to meet with other members of the Bronx delegation.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
The Zoning and Franchises Committee, which Rivera sits on, was supposed to meet this morning to vote on the Kingsbridge Armory mall project, but that clearly isn't going to happen.
Rivera said negotiations with the Armory's developer, the Related Companies (working with the strong backing of the Bloomberg administration and Deputy Mayor Robert Lieber), on a community benefits agreement that would include guarantees of living wage jobs, was no longer "moving in a positive direction."
As recently as last night, Rivera said, "We had a semblance of a deal in place, but then it fell apart." Rivera didn't go into detail on what broke the deal, but he said the ball was in Related's court and he was waiting for them to come back to the table.
If they don't, and no deal on living wage jobs is in place, he said the Council was prepared to vote the project down. But, he added, "the could change in five minutes."
Stay tuned, we'll keep you posted on the latest developments.