In April 2013, the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition (NWBCCC) signed a precedent setting Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) with the Kingsbridge National Ice Center Partners (KNIC). KNIC was selected by the city to develop the Kingsbridge Armory into the world’s largest ice arena in April 2013. NWBCCC – and 24 other neighborhood organizations that signed onto the CBA- are proud that after 17 years of fighting for responsible development of the Kingsbridge Armory, the vision of neighborhood residents will be realized in this development project.
The Kingsbridge Armory CBA includes:
- Wall to wall living wage jobs
- 51% of jobs going to Bronx residents
- At least 25% and as high as 51% of goods and services purchased by the project coming from the Bronx
- 25% of construction contracts going to Women and Minority Owned Businesses in the Bronx
- 52,000 square feet of community space and 8 million dollars contributed by developer to build out the space
- At least 1 percent of annual ice rink rental revenue invested into community development
- 1 million dollars per year- indexed to inflation- contributed towards local non-profits and title one public schools using the rinks for free and the community converting rinks to use for concerts, basketball tournaments, etc…
- LEED Silver sustainable design
- No big box retail
- 100,000 dollars contributed by developer towards demapping w.195th Street to make way for new school
Rendering of soon to be developed Kingsbridge National Ice Center
The Kingsbridge Armory CBA is ushering in a new era of development in the Bronx. Over the past fifty years, the city of New York and private developers have imposed a series of bad development projects that have made profit for corporations, while keeping Bronx residents in poverty. Starting with the Cross Bronx Expressway, to redlining, to publically subsidized poverty centers, such as Gateway Mall, major development projects in the Bronx have not benefited our community. CBAs allow community groups to have a voice in shaping development projects, to press for community benefits that are tailored to our community’s needs, and to enforce a developer’s promises. The Kingsbridge Armory CBA will ensure that local residents capture the wealth generated by the Armory’s redevelopment. NWBCCC looks forward to helping other community groups citywide replicate this model of responsible redevelopment.
For more information and to get involved contact the Armory Organizer, Amanda Altman at (718) 5840515 ext. 520 or firstname.lastname@example.org.