NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Some elected officials have demanded that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey halt its design competition for the new bus terminal.
State, city and federal lawmakers, including U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), vowed Thursday to oppose the Port Authority’s plans, saying they ignore local input and will destroy part of the surrounding Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood.
A design competition for the anticipated $10 billion terminal is to be finished in September.
As WCBS 880’s Stephanie Colombini reported, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer said several options in the competition would require using eminent domain to obtain valued property in the neighborhood.
“They are demolishing hundreds of rent-regulated homes, small businesses that have been in Hell’s Kitchen for literally a century, community facilities and a historic church,” she said.
But the Port Authority contended that it wants to do everything possible to avoid that possibility.
It would replace a crumbling, six-decade-old terminal that serves more than 200,000 people per day –many of them from New Jersey.
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