The final vote was 42-2 with one absention and is yet another reason why we need term limits. We have a bunch at City Hall who is rotten to the core, can't think for themselves and easily succumb to mayoral pressure and bribery.
It turns out the deals for the 3 businesses to stay are only "temporary", the City has no idea how they will remediate the supposedly widespread contamination around them, the workers there have no guarantees for their future and there are sure to be eminent domain battles in court. The Council didn't seem to have a problem with any of it. These are supposed to be the people who push for laws protecting citizens from eminent domain abuse. Instead, they wholeheartedly embrace it. I guess ensuring basic American rights takes a back seat to greed.
This is yet another sad day in the City of New York. Democracy is dead.
Oh, and as this is NYC, the project is never going to happen.