Essex Crossing Will Staff Its Buildings with Union Workers

Posted on: February 19th, 2015 at 5:14 am by

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Site 2 of Essex Crossing

The consortium of developers behind the massive Essex Crossing project – Delancey Street Associates – announced yesterday that the new complex will be staffed entirely by union labor. According to a report in Crain’s, BFC Partners, L+M Development Partners and Taconic Investment Partners came to an agreement with the building workers’ union 32BJ SEIU for up to 80 jobs.

“After decades of community feedback, we’re crafting Essex Crossing to reflect the soul of the Lower East Side,” Ron Moelis, chief executive of L+M, said in a statement.

As condition of the partnership, a new training program was designed to attract locals for many of the other posts being offered before the development is completed. Apparently this unilateral move is the first of its kind.

Meanwhile, even though the new skyline-changing developments are to be staffed by unions, construction of said towers might not be. That remains under consideration.

Phase 1 of the Essex Crossing project begins in the springtime with parcel 2. Demolition is currently underway to eradicate the warehouse buildings. As previously reported, the 24-story tower will boast a 14-screen Regal movie theater (1,250 seats), a 12,000 square-foot urban farm on the roof of the five-story podium, and 195 residential units (split 50-50 market rate, affordable).

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