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Staten Island’s Ferris wheel, mall hinge on union labor plans

October 21, 2013 01:17PM

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Renderings of Empire Outlets mall and New York Wheel in Staten Island

Concerns about the lack of union labor planned for BFC Partners’ 1 million-square-foot, 125-store Empire Outlets mall in Staten Island is landing the project — and its counterpart, the proposed 625-foot-high Ferris wheel — in jeopardy.

Both projects, which were filed under the same land-use application, head to the City Council for review Oct. 30. But their fate largely rests on the stance of Staten Island City Council member Debi Rose, who has made a long list of demands to BFC Partners. For example, she and the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York have pushed for labor agreements that would ensure union construction jobs, Crain’s reported.

The trades council said BFC should offer more union jobs, with job training and health coverage.

“We understand that an inclusive job plan with organized labor is important, and I pledge that every effort will be made to ensure these work opportunities be offered to Staten Islanders — be it through organized labor, local subcontractors or direct hiring,” Donald Capoccia of BFC Partners told Crain’s.

Both projects represent $580 million in private investment. The City Planning Commission approved them last month. [Crain's]Mark Maurer

  • DownwithPointsGuyUpwithMiles

    Dont listen to them and just do as you do. Build Nonunion and leave it at that

  • Advisor

    The Wheel will enhance the NYC Skyline! Great idea from the visionary developer Mr. Meir Laufer! Good luck!

  • Linda Winkler

    This project will be a nightmare for anyone who lives nearby in St. George, or who commutes via the SI Ferry. The traffic is already bad, the ferries are projected to be overcapacity if it happens, it will take away the municipal parking at the ferry in exchange for a parking garage, there is no room on narrow streets for the bus and truck traffic this will generate, and this eyesore of a gigantic ferris wheel will block existing views of the harbor seen from Staten Island. All this so that rich friends of Bloomberg can get richer ON PUBLIC LAND!

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