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City Planning Commission Approves Bronx Mall Project

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Bloomberg administration's plan to turn a former armory in the Bronx into a shopping mall was approved by the City Planning Commission, eight to four.

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Junior led the opposition to the project. He wants the developer, The Related Companies, to sign a community benefits agreement that would dictate the hiring practices of the stores in the mall.

DIAZ: We want to create jobs with living wages, we want to create jobs where people are able to join a union, we want to create jobs where people feel dignified and we also want community space.

REPORTER: The proposal now goes to the City Council, which has 60 days to approve the development or make changes.

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