1964-03-19 - Charitable Partnerships
Summary: Danny and Lex meet at the sight of the future community center and discuss the benefits of joint ventures.
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It's been a couple of weeks now since Danielle Rand was released on bail. Chances are there's at least one plainclothes cop keeping an eye on her still, despite the hefty amount of cash she fronted as a guarantee that she'd return for her next court date. But regardless of the murder charges levied against her, there's one thing she's not letting fall by the wayside: construction of the Hell's Kitchen community center.

Demolition of the old warehouse that used to be on the lot has been completed, and now the beginnings of actual construction can be seen, skeletons of brick and steel slowly coming to life. One day, there will be a playground, a job training center, a gym, even an integrated pool. For now, though, it's quiet.

One of the hallmarks of the construction is that Danny's insisted on hiring local groups and training locals in the necessary trades…and sending them home to their families at a reasonable hour. Which means the job site is locked down now. Danny herself has opened the gate in the chain-link fence that keeps the construction site secure, stepping onto the site to take a look at the progress.

Her motorcycle is parked at the curb, her loose pants and flowing tunic far from the usual attire here. And yet, she doesn't seem the least bit concerned.

*

Why, exactly, Alexandra took rides through Hell's Kitchen- her home neighborhood- was often difficult to say. Today was no different- her reasons clouded and obfuscated. "Driver, stop here- by this construction site." Her finely appointed Rolls Royce found a bit of curb to park at and a driver stepped out to open a door.

High heels clicked on the pavement as one of New York's most powerful and wealthy individuals stepped out of the fine vehicle and onto the curb in front of Danny's construction site. Fierce, the bald woman stood with pride and confidence suitable to someone of her level of influence. She pauses only a few moments to assess the situation before she moves forward towards the unlocked gate to explore the open bit of development. She's not hiding her approach- the crunch of gravel and soil under her heels a clear indicator of her arrival.

*

Danny tilts her head slightly at the crunch of gravel, not turning around until she's determined just what sort of shoes it belongs to - and it isn't one of those cops that keep just out of sight. Alexandra Luthor's hard to mistake, and it isn't as though the circle of influential women who run their own companies in New York is a big one. Luthor. Frost. To be fair, Danny mostly lets the board run hers.

"Miss Luthor," she says as she turns toward the approaching woman. "I hope you aren't shopping for a lot for a new skyscraper." A lopsided smile settles across her features, devil-may-care. "Trial or not, this place is going to come up."

*

Colleen has something invested in Hell's Kitchen, it seems the best place to make a difference. So, she's been wandering the streets of the neighborhood to deal with crime there. But, with nothing interesting going on she heads for Rand's future community center to make sure noone's stealing building materials or tools. All she finds are a couple of ladies there speaking to one another, so for now she keeps her distance, not interrupting.

*

"Yes. I'd heard about that- and about your community center." Lex says, as she steps forward offering a hand towards Danny. "Ms. Luthor. Call me Lex." she says with an easy smile. A practiced thing. "Nasty business all that trial nonsense. Do hope that works out well for you." she says next.

Still, Lex takes a good look at just what's going on here. "I was born not far from here, you know. I've been thinking I'd like to give back to the community here."

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"Danny," the blonde reciprocates, taking the offered hand in a firm grip with an easy smile. "And it'll work out fine. I didn't kill him, so." Her smile fades a bit at that. "Kind of liked him, actually." But no need to dwell on that. Crossing her arms loosely over her chest, she looks back to the construction in progress.

"If you're interested in contributing, I can put you in touch with Jeryn," she offers. "He had a conflict of interest with the Rockefellers, which means despite the fact that I've got him on retainer, he can't represent me in this trial, so…Keeping him busy with the community center."

*

"I know several good lawyers if you're interested in getting in contact with someone else." Lex offers as the handshake is returned- strong, firm- and then retracted. Her arms fold behind her back as she perches next to Danny, looking out over the skeleton of building here. "I must employ hundreds of them by now." And Luthor, most certainly, needs them. "But, yes. I think I'd rather like to contribute to this project. What is the time table, exactly?"

Already, cogs are turning in Luthor's head- eyes shifting just slightly to the side. "And what sort of facilities were you going to offer?"

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"Well, time-table's on the long side," Danny admits. "When I decided to build this place, I spent some time talking to people in the area. And what I found was that the problem wasn't just…not having a place like this. It was jobs. It was the opportunity to get jobs. Schools. Safe places for kids to study or even just to be while their parents were working. So, I decided we were going to hire local. And not just hire local, but in the contract for every hire is a clause that they're agreeing to take on new, local apprentices while they do the work. I'm not building this place. The neighborhood is."

Danny looks back over, smile crooked as she shrugs. "I'm just fronting the cash. But. We're going to have a playground, a pool, a gym. Some courts. Multi-purpose rooms for community meetings, after school programs, job training, career counseling. We had some interest in a clinic, but to be honest, it was a little much to shoehorn in. But we'll have the space if someone mobile wants to come in."

*

Lex nods quietly, arms still folded behind her back. "Or, you could add an additional floor." she states as she looks at what she can see so far. "I think I've got a sense of the floor plan from what's been built so far. An additional floor would allow for a clinic. That seems like something I'd be glad to donate to your project. My pharmaceutical division is world class, and I employee world class doctors on top of it." she notes.

"The only thing I'd require is that my people build the clinic floor to ensure proper health and safety reasons. Of course, I'll also be glad to cut a check, on top of that." Lex says with a little smile, "An on site clinic would also sync up nicely with some of my scholarship programs at the local medical schools. It'll give a place for those kids to learn how to better hone their medical talents."

*

"A place nearby where the people in the neighborhood could get medical care after hours would definitely be a boon." Danny takes another look at the construction, playing it out in her mind. "I'll have Jeryn call your people, work out a proposal. The more benefits we can bring to the neighborhood, the better. The more choices these people have, the fewer choices the gangs are going to have."

*

Lex smiles at that, "We just have to decide if its going to be on the top floor, or if we'll want the clinic to be in the basement. I'm sure we can have our people sort all that out, Danny." the bald woman says, "Cheap, or free medical care for the underprivileged would, indeed, be a boon to the people of Hell's Kitchen. There isn't anything close by, and doctors decidedly do not make house calls in this neighborhood. They haven't for years."

"Anyways, yes. Get your man in touch with my secretary. She'll take care of the details." she smiles still, "Its been a pleasure, Danny, truly. There are too few women of power and wealth in this city. We should all stick together."

*

"I very much plan on sticking around, at least," Danny smiles ruefully, turning to head back toward the gate. "Just have to get through this whole trial thing. But I've done it before." Such is the life of the rich and famous - beat one murder charge, have to deal with another. And Danny's one of the good guys.

"I'll make sure Jeryn gets in touch with your secretary. I look forward to seeing what we can do together, Lex."

*

"And I you, Danny. I'm sure that we can both give back to Hell's Kitchen. Lord knows if anywhere in this city deserves that kind of help its the people of Hell's Kitchen." Its almost like she's rehearsing a speech dedicating the place already. "We should be able to do some good here, some real good."

With that said, she smiles towards Danny- and turns towards her car. The moment she's on regular pavement again her driver is out, opening the door for her.

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