Queens Residents Rally For Willets Point Redevelopment
04/24/2008 07:52 PM
A Queens community rallied in support of the Willets Point redevelopment plan at City Hall Thursday, just days after city council members said it will be shot down.
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Advocates said they will continue to push the plan to transform the iron triangle of auto body shops into a mixed-use area. They said the plan would create affordable housing, schools, retail hotels and possibly a convention center.
"It's going to turn a place that is really been deserted practically, except for very crude kind of business enterprises, automobile-related and such,” said Queens Borough President Helen Marshall. “And we are going to turn in into a livable, wonderful community where people live."
Earlier this week, a majority of City Council members told the mayor they would block the Willets Point development plan because they said there is no guarantee jobs would be available for displaced workers.