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Staten Island mall, wheel approved in union-friendly deal

October 30, 2013 12:47PM

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Renderings of Empire Outlets and New York Wheel

Developer BFC Partners has ironed out a deal that guarantees final city approval of an outlet mall and enormous Ferris wheel both proposed for Staten Island’s St. George’s waterfront, thus settling a dispute over union labor.

BFC said it will hire unionized labor for the entire mall project, which includes 80 stores and a 200-room hotel among 1 million square feet of mixed-used space. The City Council meeting last night, in which the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure application came under final review, resulted in a change of tune for the developer.

Criticism has been directed at the project’s partial use of union workers. More than 100 union members, along with local politicians — including Rep. Michael Grimm and state Senator Diane Savino – rallied against the mall and hotel project last week. Crain’s first reported the news.

The project was under the same application as the New York Wheel, a proposed 625-foot-tall Ferris wheel. The wheel had already committed to using union workers. Both received approval from the City Planning Commission last month. [Crain's]Mark Maurer

  • Toupees and Trousers

    Risky precedent set here…

  • Advisor

    Congrats to Meir Laufer! It was a pleasure working with you on this bold project that will enhance the NYC skyline. Lots of luck!

  • Toupees and Trousers

    Want zoning approval, hire union workers. How is it even legal that that is part of a land use review process?

  • Nice work

    It’s not. But owners will now get to pay twice as much to build their project and rents will be that much higher for the tenants, which will cause higher prices in the stores. Good move by our politicians!

  • Nice work

    More than Half the buildings in manhattan are going up non union, but Staten Island will go union! We will show them, just shows you how out of touch the politicians are.

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