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Thursday, March 7, 2024

Willets Point Development Phase 2 gets another approval.


The massive Willets Point redevelopment project passed another key milestone Wednesday when the City Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve phase two of the plan that calls for a 25,000-seat soccer-specific stadium, 1,400 units of affordable housing, a 250-room hotel, a 650-seat public school, 80,000 square feet of retail space and nearly three acres of open space.

The city broke ground on the first phase of the project in December to build an initial 880 affordable apartments in what will be New York City’s largest affordable housing development to be built since the 1970s, on city-owned land that was known as the Iron Triangle that was home to a warren of automotive shops and junk yards across Tom Seaver Way from Citi Field.

Richards approved the project with conditions regarding local hiring, community partnerships and area infrastructure improvements. The recommendation came after a well-attended public hearing in December 2023.

” I was proud to recommend approval of this project earlier this year and I appreciate the diligence of all involved as we make this initiative as community-focused as possible,” Richards said.

With the City Planning Commission giving the project the green light, the proposal will go before the City Council within 50 days for a hearing and a vote that will determine the project’s fate. The council is likely to approve the plan, given it has Moya’s backing.

I know Steve Cohen keeps saying that they need a casino over there because there is nothing to do by Citi Field. This area is going to be finished before the casino would be if that gets approved. I still don't think a casino should be near affordable housing and a school.


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