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Update: A lengthly DNA Info article counters today's earlier news of Macy's plotting a location on 125th Street. Apparently, The National Urban League is turning a parking garage on the street, between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and Lenox Avenue, into its headquarters, displacing the tenants NY1's piece featured.
Charles J. Hamilton Jr., the outside general counsel for the National Urban League, says they had discussions with Macy's months ago, but the retailer made an offer on the property that was not financially feasible for the project. "We talked to them, we couldn't make a deal with them, and now discussions are over," Hamilton said. "The answer is no. I don't know how to say it any more emphatically."
Previously: Somewhere between reporting traffic on the ones, NY1 has gained the exclusive on Macy's plans for a 125th Street store. Lloyd Williams, a representative of the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, told the news source, "It is confirmed, Macy's is committed to be an anchor at the new development." Said development will be 400,000 square feet of mixed-use space, including a civil rights museum run by The National Urban League. Macy's didn't comment on the matter.
About a half dozen small businesses have been asked to exit by March 31st to make room for the development, which appears to sit next to—or possibly be a part of—the Whole Foods slated for 100 125th Street at Lenox Avenue.
There will be a public hearing today regarding the site, which is owned by the The Empire State Development Corporation. In light recent "shop and frisk" allegations targeting African Americans at the Herald Square flagship, NY1 reports that Harlem locals are less than thrilled about the retailer and its plans to enter the neighborhood.
· 125th St Businesses Say Urban League Project Will Displace Them [DNA Info]
· Macy's Plans To Set Up New Department Store Along 125th Street [NY1]
· More Lawsuits: Actor Suing Macy's for Discrimination [Racked NY]