Flushing Willets Point Corona LDC


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Since its inception in 2007, the Flushing Willets Point Corona LDC has committed itself to addressing two of Flushing’s most vexing issues: surging levels of congestion that apply equally to mass transit, the sidewalks, and the roadways, and an acute shortage of affordable housing, particularly as it concerns Flushing’s large and increasingly vulnerable senior population. […]

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City still tallying Willets Point business owners who took final payout to relocate


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THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

The city is still tallying the number of Willets Point business owners who took a final payout to relocate, officials said. A pooled $3.5 million was up for grabs for auto shop owners in the Phase 1 area of the development site who agreed to leave the Iron Triangle by the end of January.

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City OKs $43M in tax breaks for Willets Point developers


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The New York City Industrial Development Agency (NYCIDA) voted Tuesday to give $43 million in tax breaks for developers who plan to transform Willets Point.

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More than 30 business owners take payout to leave Willets Point


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THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

“We’ve moved” signs are popping up in Willets Point, as 22 business owners took a payout to relocate by the end of last month, city officials said. The city’s Economic Development Corporation (EDC) in August offered a pooled $3.5 million to auto shop owners in the Phase 1 area of the Willets Point development site […]

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Borough Board approves $1 sale of Willets Point


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The project to build a shopping center next to Citi Field is on the move. The Queens Borough Board voted on November 18 to allow the city’s Economic Development Council to sell the 23 acres of land for $1 to the Queens Development Group. The land is needed for the Willets Point project and would […]

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A Willets Point wish list for de Blasio


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Photo by Thad Komorowski

THAD KOMOROWSKI The $3 billion plan to transform Willets Point from a grungy haven for auto shops into a slick shopping mega center has sparked protests, petitions and even a hunger strike since the Bloomberg administration announced the project. But opponents largely fell silent after the City Council voted to approve the plan on October […]

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What’s wrong with Willets Point


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The proposed Willets Point economic development project is essentially government picking the winners and losers. Many of the developers continue to act like pigs, by feasting on taxpayer dollars. The borough of Queens and New York City prospered for centuries prior to the creation of various city and state development corporations over the past decades. […]

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Willets Point developers discuss affordable housing, ramps at meeting with community board


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Ramps and affordable housing were at the heart of the first quarterly meeting between a local community board and developers of a major Willets Point redevelopment project. Related Companies and Sterling Equities briefed Community Board 7 on October 17. The meeting was the first of four this year required under a last-minute pledge they made […]

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Banksy piece appears briefly in Willets Point before taken away to Ozone Park home


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Photos courtesy of Instagram/dr_lou

British graffiti artist Banksy made his way back into Queens, but then was taken out. According to reports, the ghost-like and notorious artist, who has been going around New York and leaving various types of art works as part of his one-of-a-kind show titled “Better Out Than In,” created a small replica of the great […]

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Willets Point mega mall gets final City Council green light


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The City Council approved a major $3 billion Willets Point project Wednesday, clearing the way for a mega mall near Citi Field. Developers Sterling Equities and Related Companies needed the council’s permission to move Citi Field parking to Willets Point in order to build a 1.4 million-square-foot shopping center west of the baseball stadium. It […]

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Willets Point business owners hold hunger strike as vote is delayed


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THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

The hunger strike being held by a group of auto shop owners at Willets Point is a “look into the future” for soon-to-be displaced families who could be left fending for food and a sustainable job, advocates said. At least eight business owners are fasting and staying put inside an auto shop at 37-03 126th […]

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$3.5M in payouts on table for Willets Point business owners


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A pooled $3.5 million in payouts is on tap for some Willets Point business owners who agree to leave the Iron Triangle by the end of January. The city’s Economic Development Corporation (EDC) sent letters earlier this month to 90 auto shop owners in the Phase 1 area of the Willets Point development site, alerting […]

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Road closure hurting Willets Point businesses, say owners


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THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

Business has come to a screeching halt for about 20 auto shops stunted by construction near Citi Field, The Courier has learned. “It’s crushing us,” said store owner Sal Yaloz. “We’re really, really suffering. I just want to work, and you don’t hear that too often.” The city shut out business for nearly two dozen […]

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City Planning Commission approves plan for Willets Point mall


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A $3 billion Willets Point project jumped through another hurdle Wednesday as the City Planning Commission approved plans that would make way for a mega mall near Citi Field. The commission voted 10-1 in favor of giving developers Sterling Equities and Related Companies permission to move Citi Field parking to Willets Point. The joint venture […]

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One injured in school bus crash in Willets Point


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A school bus with as many as 20 children crashed this afternoon in Willets Point, fire officials said. One person, who has yet to be identified, was injured in the crash at around 4:30 p.m. at the Van Wyck Expressway and Whitestone Expressway. The injured person is being taken to North Shore LIJ, officials said. […]

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