New York– More than a dozen Build Up NYC activists, led by Santa Claus, arrived at the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation’s office Wednesday morning to sing their own rendition of “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas”. The group sang about the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation’s refusal to disclose the list of real estate developers bidding on the request for proposals to build in Pier 6.
The Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation has so far only released the architectural renderings of the proposed developments and not the developers. The Pier 6 request for proposals put out by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation stated that developers will only be considered if they have a “proven track record of labor harmony on previous projects.”
Build Up NYC President Gary LaBarbera said, “This holiday season, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation has an opportunity to give the community the gift of a commitment to responsible development—ensuring all of us that the jobs created by any development in Pier 6 will provide family-sustaining wages, affordable health insurance and a secure retirement to its workers and that the community’s voices will be heard throughout the process. As a public benefits corporation making a decision about developers building on public land with making a payment in lieu of taxes, the public should have a right to know who is bidding on the project.”
“We need real transparency from Brooklyn Bridge Park on the decade old plans for housing at Pier 6 — which I have called for repeatedly, along with Build Up and my colleagues,” said State Senator Daniel Squadron. “The entire process and plan continue to raise major concerns — about responsible development, the local school overcrowding crisis, the impact of the nearby LICH site, and a changing financial landscape. Fixing Pier 6 requires openness and transparency, which Build Up, the community and my colleagues stand together pushing for.”
“Good Jobs New York promotes transparency and accountability to taxpayers in the use of economic development subsidies, said Elizabeth Bird of Good Jobs New York. Since our launch in 2000, we have worked to improve public participation in and transparency of economic development projects in New York City. Based on the experience of monitoring economic development in New York City, I can tell you that when development deals are hammered out behind closed doors, the result is not genuine community development. Equitable community development requires all stakeholders to be involved – all who participate in a neighborhood’s livelihood including the residents, small businesses, and workers. Furthermore, equitable community development provides a ladder into better housing, better jobs, better schools and better parks. In a democratic society, each of us has both the right and the responsibility to know the costs and benefits of economic development projects in our neighborhoods, and to work to ensure that where public resources are used, there will be a public benefit. GJNY is proud to call for greater transparency of this and all development projects throughout New York City neighborhoods.”
Build Up NYC is an alliance of working men and women committed to responsible real estate development and good jobs that sustain the middle class and level the playing field for responsible employers.