Merchants being forced to move from 125th Street say they will be put out of business.
National Urban League says negotiations with the retailer for its 125th Street project were unsuccessful.
National Urban League President Marc Morial came to Harlem to defend the project.
Four businesses will be forced to move as the civil rights group plans its headquarters on 125th Street.
But local leaders say the project, which will replace a garage, is a bad fit for 125th Street.
Some local leaders say the state may be playing politics with the proposal.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Charlie Rangel are pushing for legislation that would fund groups who provide job training for young people.
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