Who Benefits From Community
Benefit Agreements?

Community Benefit Agreements (or CBAs) are unofficial agreements between a real estate developer and a community. When a developer proposes a large scale project, sometimes people from the affected neighborhood try to negotiate some sort of benefit to make up for the trouble they think the new development might cause.

Do communities actually benefit from these things? If not, who does? How do they work? And who gets to negotiate on behalf of the ‘community’ in these kinds of agreements? To find out, a group of students from College Now at Hostos Community College, along with CUP, CUP teaching artist Hatuey Ramos-Fermín, and teaching assistant Prudence Katze interviewed people involved with the Bronx’s Kingsbridge Armory CBA to learn about how the process worked (or didn’t work). They talked to lawyers, government officials, and community advocates to break down the steps in the CBA process.

Who Benefits from Community Benefit Agreements is a poster that sorts the events of the Kingsbridge Armory CBA into a timeline you can follow, and includes helpful pointers for other communities seeking to initiate or navigate the CBA process.

The group presented their final poster at Hostos Community College for a discussion among CBA experts, community members, students, and their families.

Resources & Links

College Now is a free City University of New York program, designed to prepare NYC’s public high school students for success in college.

The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is a nonprofit corporation responsible for promoting economic and real estate development in New York City.

Funding Support

This project was funded by the CUNY College Now program, the Bay and Paul Foundations, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Special Thanks

Sarah Burkhart, Lisa Larson-Walker, Dyanis De Jesús, Deymirie Hernández, Mariana Mogilevich, Neil Donnelly, Sean Hallowell, Vicki Been, David Lombino (NYCEDC), Tom Angotti, Jesse Masyr, and Desiree Hunter.



  • Teaching Artist
  • Hatuey Ramos-Fermín

  • Teaching Assistant
  • Prudence Katze
  • Project Lead
  • Valeria Mogilevich
  • Project Support
  • Christine Gaspar
  • Zach Postone
  • Leslie McBeth
  • CUNY College Now at Hostos Community College

  • Students
  • Joel Baque
    Constance Barfoe
    Amanda Dalley
    Tykel Eddy
    Taylor Feliciano
    Nicholas Flores
    Yanica Garcia
    William Hamilton
    Orlando Ixcoy
    Deshaun Jefferson
    Sekou Keita
    Julia Martinez
    Luis Peña
    Tyreek Watson
    Brandon Welsh
  • Program Coordinators
  • Elizabeth Wilson
    Amaris Matos
    Christine Coronado
  • Typography
  • Neil Donnelly