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NEW YORK CITY-Thor Equities CEO Joseph Sitt and key Brooklyn political figures moved dirt at the site of a new BJ’s Wholesale Club in the Sandy-battered Gravesend neighborhood. Sitt said Monday that he’s accelerating the timetable for construction as well as the groundbreaking on the 200,000-square-foot warehouse club; a spokeswoman for the developer did not respond by deadline Monday to requests for specific details on the timetable.

“This project is going to bring jobs and economic vitality to the neighborhood and help support an economic boom fueled by commercial real estate development across the borough,” Sitt said in prepared remarks Monday. “All of us understand that its going to take a lot of time and a lot of investment to get this borough back to where it needs to be in the aftermath of Sandy, but let this groundbreaking serve as a down payment on all of our commitment to rebuild, reinvest, and revitalize Brooklyn.” 

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