Commercial pressures Yonkers City Council to approve Ridge Hill development

A new commercial from the developer of the controversial Ridge Hill development plan threatens the company will pull out if action isn't taken soon. Developer Forest City Ratner wants to build thousands of homes and shops on the 81-acre stretch of land along the New York State Thruway. Many residents and some council members, however, are opposed to the $600 million development because they feel it will be a traffic nightmare. The latest commercial is aimed at putting pressure on city lawmakers to push the project through the approval process. In a statement, a Forest City Ratner spokesman denied the ad is a threat. The ad promises $28 million in taxes and benefits for the, city, county and public schools when the plan comes to fruition. Currently, the project is tied up in legal battles.

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