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WNYC News

Make or Break Deadline for Willets Point Businesses

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Dozens of businesses in Willets Point could shut their doors this Saturday to make way for the first phase of a $3 billion redevelopment plan, but many are struggling to find a new place to relocate.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Willets Point Farewell?

Monday, November 25, 2013

Willets Point business owners who agree to make way for redevelopment by November 30 will get the maximum payout. Sarah Maslin Nir, New York Times staff reporter covering Queens, reports on what's next for the area and for the small auto repair shop owners and workers who have made their livelihoods there.

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WNYC News

Building Under Bloomberg, and De Blasio

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Call it the countdown for Bloomberg's building era. The City Council has blocked Mayor Bloomberg's plan for Midtown East rezoning, and that is not the only major development the mayor has backed that he won't be in office to see through. Daniel Geiger, a reporter with Crain's New York Business, said the failure of that project must be a major disappointment. But failed projects are more the exception than the rule for the Bloomberg Administration. Now the question turns to what developments mayor-elect Bill de Blasio might put his stamp on, like affordable housing.

"People are really interested to see A, what he will do to incentivize this construction, and B, where is he going to build it," Geiger said.

To hear the full conversation with Geiger, click on the audio player.

 

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WNYC News

In Shadow of Citi Field, a Still Uncertain Future for Willets Point Businesses

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Folks at Citi Field will roll out the red carpet for tonight’s baseball All Star Game. But some nearby business owners in Willets Point say they feel like a doormat.

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WNYC News

Plans Change for Willets Point as City Nears Deal

Thursday, May 03, 2012

The city is revising plans for development of Willets Point, a small industrial neighborhood in Queens, and backing off — at least temporarily — plans to seize local properties through eminent domain.

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WNYC News

Mayor Breaks Ground at Willets Point

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Mayor Michael Bloomberg broke ground Thursday morning on infrastructure upgrades at Willets Point in Queens to get the collection of junk yards and auto repair shops ready for a multibillion dollar redevelopment.

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WNYC News

Willets Point Property Owners Vow to Continue Legal Challenge Against City

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Property owners in Willets Point, Queens, under threat of losing their land by eminent domain as the city makes way for a redevelopment of the area, vowed to reopen a legal case they lost last year.

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WNYC News

City Warns Holdouts in Queens of Eminent Domain Proceedings

Sunday, February 13, 2011

The city has started notifying holdouts in the Willets Point, Queens, development area of eminent domain proceedings. According to the Economic Development Corporation, there are nine businesses in the 20-acre Phase 1 area that haven't agreed to relocate.

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