Will Kushner Companies do the right thing?

The developer, Kushner Companies, that purchased six buildings from the Jehovah Witnesses’ Brookyn portfolio is planning to redevelop them into a mix of office, commercial and residential space. This $100 million project is expected to create hundreds of construction and permanent jobs. It will require review by Community Board 2 and the entire New York City Council.

Brooklyn needs good, middle-class jobs. 

If done right, the project could create good jobs for Brooklyn residents, local businesses and contribute to the economic vitality of the area. But so far, Kushner Companies has not committed to making sure that all the jobs created will be good jobs with benefits and opportunities for career advancement.

The local community board and elected representatives have a say in how the project will impact traffic and the environment, and whether the jobs there will be family-sustaining jobs or poverty-wage jobs.

Responsible development of Watchtower Properties should:

1. Create good jobs with health care and retirement benefits

2. Prioritize hiring local residents for the new jobs created

3. Create opportunities for local, minority and women owned businesses

4. Not contribute to traffic congestion

5. Ensure the development does not overburden an already strained transportation, utility, and waterfront infrastructure.