Strongest C.B.A. In Country?Posted: July 12, 2013
It took 15 years of organizing, but the development of the Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx, NY into the world’s largest ice skating center has yielded one of the strongest Community Benefits Agreements in the nation.
For the first time in the history of New York City, a developer has agreed to wall-to-wall living wage jobs. The agreement also provides 52,000 square feet of community space; 25% local procurement for construction and operations and 51% local hire for permanent jobs; LEED silver green building and design practices; free after-school programs for local youth; priority ice time for neighborhood students and stiff enforcement mechanisms.
In 2009, the coalition of over 30 community groups helped kill a potential deal for the Armory supported by NYC Mayor Bloomberg for the creation of a shopping mall. The group stuck to its conviction that any project had to create jobs that pay a living wage if it was going to meaningfully benefit a community struggling with very high rates of poverty.