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Written by The Staff   
Wednesday, 02 May 2007 00:47

New Mets StadiumYesterday, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled a plan to transform the Willets Point area near Shea Stadium from a series of junkyards and auto repair businesses into 5,500 housing units, 1.7 million square feet of retail and entertainment and 500,000 square feet of office space. The area would be repleat with a 700-room hotel and a 400,000-square-foot convention center. The project would take several years to complete and come with the touchy and expensive job of dealing with the environmental clean-up. As reported by the NY Times:

The city has said it intends to acquire the land through eminent domain if owners are unwilling to sell their property, and today Mr. Bloomberg reiterated his belief that cleaning up Willets Point — also known as the Iron Triangle — would satisfy the definition of public purpose that the Supreme Court’s eminent domain decision requires.

“But my hope is that we don’t have to use eminent domain at all,” he said.

According to the report, there is one residential resident in the Willets Point area.

“For far too long, the Willets Point peninsula has been an area marked by unrealized potential and neglect, inhibiting growth in Downtown Flushing and Corona and steadily becoming more polluted,” Mayor Bloomberg said this afternoon. “Today, finally, we’re doing something about it.”

To view high-resolution computer renderings of the new Mets Stadium design (Citi Field), such as seen above, select this link on The Biz of Baseball 

 
 
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