Working in close collaboration with LEROF research department, LECET keeps and eye on major upcoming projects inn New York City. Researchers track projects using a variety of methods:
Projects are then analyzed and prioritized based on where they are in the planning process, size, and potential points of leverage. LECET engages developers, contractors, public officials, and community groups, and gets involved in the public planning process to ensure that a fair and level playing field is maintained for our contractors.
Astoria Cove: Greater New York LECET worked with Build Up New York, the New York City Building Trades, and locally elected city officials to secure union jobs at Astoria Cove. Alma Realty’s 1,723 unit development proposal did not initially include the type of labor standards that would benefit our contractors, our members, or the community at large. After months of hard work and negotiations, the final outcome was a true victory. The development will be built and staffed with all union labor, and about 27% will be reserved as affordable housing for families with a range of incomes.
Astoria Cove project gets final approval -New York Daily News
Empire Outlets: Greater New York LECET was among the first to flag this huge development as a potential problem, and immediately sat down with local officials and began engaging in what was to become a long, but eventually successful campaign. Working with Build Up New York,
Empire Outlets, which City Council approved on Oct. 30, 2013, along with the adjacent New York Wheel, will include 300,000 square feet of outlet space, 30,000 square feet of restaurant space, 20,000 square feet of banquet space and a 200-room hotel. The combined $580 million in private funding going to develop Empire Outlets and the New York Wheel is the largest private investment in the North Shore’s history and the biggest investment in the borough since the construction of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in the 1960s. It’s expected to open in summer 2016. At 630-foot high, the New York Wheel will be the tallest observation wheel in the country, and is expected to attract more than 4 million riders a year