Thursday, July 07, 2005

BJ’s Out, Merchants In?

We met with Council member Maria del Carmen Arroyo who, gracious as always, pledged that she was going to bring EDC to the table to insure that the Bronx Terminal Market merchants found a home together. She also advocated that the businesses should be owners of any new facility to be built. In addition, she told us that she felt that Professor Fainstein’s analysis of alternative sites for the market should be a basis for any negotiation.

Once again, Arroyo reiterated her belief that there would be no BJ’s in the BTM site. When pressed, she told us that she believed that this issue would be settled with a written memorandum of understanding. We will continue to monitor this issue and, of course, push for such an MOU.