What's at stake?
The proposed East River Plaza Project, which will result in a huge retail shopping complex with Home Depot and Costco as the primary retailers, threatens our community at many levels. Firstly, small businesses will be forced to relinquish their property to the state under "eminent domain". This will result in the loss of jobs and perhaps the eventual failing of the dislocated businesses which rely on their East Harlem location for their competitiveness. In addition, certain residential properties are also slated to be condemned. And for what? A mega-mall that will draw business away from hundreds, if not thousands, of local businesses providing goods and services ranging from home repair tools to mid-priced clothes, to foodstuffs. The 24-hour complex would also generate incalcuble health hazards including environmental pollutants, extraordinary traffic, noise, and general wear-and-tear to a sleepy community chock full of schools. Our community is under seige. Under seige.
Facts and Figures:
We believe that this site can be better used by the East Harlem community for housing, small businesses or a waterfront promenade.
Had you seen WPIX 10 o'clock news on Wednesday, September 23rd, you would have gotten a preview of what awaits the residents of East Harlem in general and the residents and schools of nearby Home Depot in particular.
Long Islanders in the town of Freeport have been waging a campaign to obtain relief from the noise, pollution and constant traffic in their neighborhood. We obtained a copy of the news segment and have it ready to show at our meetings. Newsday reported on 9/23/98 and quoted Al Norman of Greenfield, Mass., that "Across the country people are complaining that this company is a lousy neighbor." In fact, he has created a Web site that "chronicles the efforts of thousands of local residents fighting Home Depot."
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