"The deal is poor compensation for merchants who have worked in the Bronx for decades," said Richard Lipsky, a lobbyist for the merchants. "They are being summarily evicted with no relocation opportunity for the market to survive intact."The one bright spot from yesterday is the fact that the “community benefits agreement” signed between Related and various elected officials specifically prevented Wal-Mart and its subsidiaries from the mall. Despite the fact that this project – one of the greatest sweetheart deals we’ve ever seen – was supported by the city, the city’s most powerful developer and a whole range of elected officials, we helped to create enough pressure to keep out the world’s most infamous retailer.
Here is some more coverage of yesterday’s approval:
Albor Ruiz Column
New York TimesNew York Sun
New York Post