Wednesday, November 27, 2013
By Janet Babin : Economic Development Reporter, WNYC News
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.
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.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
By Annmarie Fertoli : Associate Producer at WNYC
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.
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.
Thursday, May 03, 2012
By Tracey Samuelson : WHYY
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.
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.
Thursday, March 03, 2011
By Richard Yeh : Producer, WNYC News
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.
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.