“We’re tired of having an empty dirt lot,” Boggiano said.
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The Kushner Cos. is now making veiled threats of legal action. It is saying the heavily Democratic city, run by Mayor Steven Fulop, ended negotiations over the project for no good reason, other than perhaps bias against Kushner because he has moved on to become an adviser to President Donald Trump, his father-in-law. For its part, the city says the Kushner Cos. are to blame for the stalemate, claiming the developer has missed a key deadline to begin construction and defaulted on a payment it owed to the municipal government last year. Later, the Kushner Cos. and its partner, KABR Group, pulled an application to the city for a 30-year break from local taxes after Fulop came out against it before his re-election in November.Still, the Kushner Cos. was striking an optimistic tone as late as January, issuing a statement that the project was "shovel-ready".
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