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New York City Council Expected to Pass Willets Point Plan

Thursday, November 13, 2008

The city's redevelopment plan for the Willets Point section of Queens is poised for passage in the City Council today after a last-minute deal. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman explains.

REPORTER: Just three months ago, a majority of council members signed an angry letter threatening to sink the Mayor's plan, which will turn 62 acres of junkyards and body shops into a modern, white collar community. The Bloomberg administration made some progress since then, buying up privately owned land, which will minimize the use of eminent domain. But the big change came on housing: The mayor had committed to making just 20 percent of the 5,500 apartments planned for the new neighborhood affordable to families of modest means. Now he's upped that commitment to 35 percent, and got key council members on board. For WNYC, I'm Matthew Schuerman.

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