Local officials joined developers and Bronx community leaders Thursday at a ceremony to break ground on a massive development project.
The Compass Residences Development in Crotona Park East is expected to bring more than 1,300 apartments, 46,000 square feet of retail space, park space and more than 400 permanent jobs to the Bronx.
Many of the apartments are slated for affordable housing.
While many hailed the development, protesters say the project will bring only bring poverty-wage jobs to the borough, a charge that Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. denies.
"They got a labor lease company that's not paying the people the right wages," said protester Lucky Rivera. "I don't know if Monadock knows it, but they're not paying people the right wages."
"This is exactly what we want when we speak of development, when we speak of a new Bronx," Diaz said. "Remember, Mr. Living Wage here. I would not allow for poverty wages to be used in a development such as this one."
The project is a result of the largest private rezoning plan in the Bronx in more than 50 years.