NEW YORK, Oct. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Robert Bonanza, business manager of the 17,000 member Mason Tenders District Council of Greater New York, LIUNA (MTDC), called on New York City's elected officials to approve the Rudin Family Greenwich Village Development Plan.
"It is rare that one project can have a positive impact on so many different fronts," said Bonanza.
"First and foremost it means jobs, good jobs. Approximately 1,200 union construction workers will be hired to complete the project. Once complete, the project will create approximately 500 permanent jobs. Furthermore vital medical services will be restored to the community. This project is a win-win for everyone," Bonanza added.
In addition to the North Shore-LIJ Comprehensive Care Center that will revitalize health care in the community that lost St. Vincent's, the project will include a new, green residential housing complex that will achieve New York City's first LEED-Neighborhood Development designation, a new 564-seat elementary school and a public park.
Calling it "a visionary plan to restore emergency services and create jobs," MTDCPAC Director Mike McGuire, urged the City to approve the plan. "As a downtown resident, it's been disturbing that there hasn't been a critical care center in the area for more than a year now. The Rudin Family Greenwich Village Development Plan remedies this dangerous situation. At the same time it creates much needed jobs and adds further value to the community with the addition of a school and a new, 15,000-square foot park. I urge our local elected officials and the Community Board to move this project forward with all due haste," McGuire concluded.
Construction on both the Comprehensive Care Center and the residential development is expected to commence in the second quarter of 2012. The healthcare facility is expected to open in 2014, with the residential component opening a year later. The park would open by 2014 and the new elementary school at the Foundling Hospital will open in the fall of 2014.
The Mason Tenders District Council is part of the Laborers' International Union of North America. The 17,000 members of the MTDC include construction workers, asbestos and hazardous materials handlers, recycling and waste handlers and Catholic High School teachers.
SOURCE Mason Tenders District Council