“We were promised a lot of things, like other vendors being in here, a full kitchen through the EDC, but nothing’s really come through,” said Frances Roman, Owner of Cocotazo, a Puerto Rican restaurant that just celebrated its one-year anniversary at La Marqueta.
Superstorm Sandy spared the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center, New York City’s most important food source. But a decade later, little has changed when it comes to storm resiliency at the low-lying markets, and a disaster could have a major impact for the city’s restaurants, shops and food pantries.
Once a seemingly promising structure to ensure that real estate groups don’t run roughshod over local neighborhoods in development deals—and still a common practice in other cities—CBAs are now disdained by many New York City community groups and developers alike. The mechanism’s demise is a lesson, development experts say, in both the strength and limitations of demanding concessions in exchange for neighborhood-changing construction projects.
Her decision is non-binding, but sends a message to the de Blasio administration that EDC’s plans for Inwood requires substantial changes.
Residents want to ensure the development around Broadway Junction results in good jobs and amenities for local residents without exacerbating displacement.
Inwooders, you have two more weeks: comments are now due on Friday October 13 at 5 pm.
Most of those who testified said they generally supported the De Blasio administration’s proposal to rezone downtown Far Rockaway, but asked for changes to ensure the plan truly benefited the area’s existing residents.
While Economic Development Corporation officials said their plan reflects the feedback of the community, residents appeared largely to disagree.