Melissa participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the East River Plaza development this morning in East Harlem, officially opening the Plaza for business. Thanks to strong advocacy from the El Barrio/East Harlem community, 700 of the 1,000 permanent retail jobs created by this project have been filled by local residents. The project also created over 1,100 construction jobs.
The East River Plaza includes stores such as Costco, Target, Bob’s Discount Furniture, Best Buy, Old Navy, Marshall’s, Pet Smart and Gamestop (Target and Marshall’s will open this Sunday). For some of these stores, the Plaza presented an opportunity to move into Manhattan for the first time.
Some media coverage of the opening of East River Plaza, from Fox 5 and NY1:Vodpod videos no longer available.
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To address issues of concern that may emerge as a result of this development, a working group will continue to convene regularly to give local stakeholders an opportunity to monitor developments at the Plaza and work with the developers and the city to resolve these issues.
Click here for streaming video from today’s ribbon cutting ceremony, where Melissa joined Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Speaker Christine Quinn, the developers of the project and other elected officials and supporters.