Iron Triangle

More than 30 business owners take payout to leave Willets Point
More than 30 business owners take payout to leave Willets Point
Top Stories Melissa Chan 12/05/2013 at 10:19AM

“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 [...]

Willets Point business owners hold hunger strike as vote is delayed
Willets Point business owners hold hunger strike as vote is delayed
Top Stories Melissa Chan 9/04/2013 at 11:33AM

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 [...]

$3.5M in payouts on table for Willets Point business owners
News Melissa Chan 8/30/2013 at 12:29PM

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 [...]

Willets Point business owners expect to reopen
Willets Point business owners expect to reopen
News Melissa Chan 5/31/2013 at 9:08AM

Nearly one dozen Willets Point business owners who had their auto shops abruptly shut down by the city two weeks ago said they expect to reopen in a few days. “We all have families,” said Wais Mohibi, owner of Discount Muffler in the Iron Triangle. “Don’t just come in without warning, without anything, and just [...]

Community Board wants more answers on Willets Point project
Community Board wants more answers on Willets Point project
Northeast Terence M. Cullen 4/18/2013 at 9:02AM

Community Board 7’s Land Use Committee told developers of Willets Point they need to return with more answers on the proposed project before the board makes a decision. Committee members particularly want more information about parking, traffic flow and transplanting the plethora of small business owners within the Iron Triangle. Chuck Apelian, first vice chair [...]

Approved Willets Point plan to go through rigorous review
Approved Willets Point plan to go through rigorous review
Northeast Terence M. Cullen 3/19/2013 at 6:36PM

Redevelopment of Willets Point will now go through a rigorous review process after its study was approved by the Department of City Planning (DCP). The plan, approved by DCP on Monday, March 18, will first go to Community Board 7, which includes Willets Point, for an advisory vote. Borough President Helen Marshall will then get [...]

More testing ordered at Willets Point
More testing ordered at Willets Point
News Terence M. Cullen 9/13/2012 at 7:45AM

Further environmental testing at Willets Point has been ordered by a court ruling, but is not expected to hold up development at the site, a member of the project’s team said. The August 14 decision by the Manhattan Supreme Court said development of what is commonly called the Iron Triangle would not move forward until [...]

AG: Development Corporations lobbied illegally for projects
News Melissa Chan 7/11/2012 at 1:18PM

Three city development corporations have admitted to illegally lobbying the City Council to win approval of their favored projects, including a much-contested plan to revamp Willets Point, the state attorney general said. The city’s Economic Development Corporation (EDC), the Flushing Willets Point Corona Local Development Corporation (FWCLDC) — headed by former borough president Claire Shulman [...]

Development up throughout Queens
Development up throughout Queens
News Terence M. Cullen 7/10/2012 at 9:00AM

Temperatures are not the only thing that’s been skyrocketing this summer. Development in Queens has been booming in the borough, with announcements of major projects, the near-completion of others, and talks of even more to come. Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced on June 14 the long-awaited, finalized plans for a Willets Point facelift that is expected [...]