CB7 Meets For Willets Point Update

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer Members of Community Board 7 met with the Queens Development Group for its quarterly meeting on the progress of the Willets Point project. The main focus of the meeting had to do with the clean-up process for the contaminated land that makes up Willets Point. Polluted by petroleum, paint, cleaning […]

Change Direction On Willets Pt.

An open letter to Mayor Bill DiBlasio: The Bloomberg Administration ignored small businesses and the needs of the little people, pursuing instead a long romance with real estate moguls. It also did not take the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) seriously nor the public trust doctrine which requires approval of the State Legislature before […]

Willets A Cause For Concern

To The Editor: In regards to “Willets Point Businesses Await Resolution” (Queens Tribune, March 2-12), in a City Council in which the majority of its members qualify as mediocre, Councilmember Julissa Fererras (D-East Elmhurst) stands at the head of the class. It will be remembered she was the prime mover in the farce that not […]

A Group Of Auto Shops Will Relocate To The Bronx

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer After much back and forth, 47 auto shops will relocate from the Willets Point Iron Triangle to a 34,000-square-foot warehouse at Hunts Point in the Bronx. Marco Neira, president of the Sunrise Cooperative, a group of auto shops relocating together, said they signed the lease last week with NAI Friedland, […]

Willets Point Businesses Await Resolution

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer Several Willets Point business owners came together once again to demand the City provide compensation and relocation for their removal from their neighborhood. Members of the Willets Point Defense Committee of Small Businesses and Workers and State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) met in his Bayside office to protest the mistreatment […]

End The Fiasco In The Park

To The Editor: In describing the Willets Point project as a “fiasco,” the Queens Tribune Editorial Board had hit the nail squarely on the head (Willets Fiasco Needs To End – Feb. 13-19). I am not referring to the original approved 2008 plan, but the cabal schemed by former Mayor Bloomberg and the Mets, Related […]

Willets Fiasco Needs To End

Since former Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the legacy project of a retail and entertainment center at Willets Point almost two years ago, we have been troubled with many of the details. Several of the decisions have been questionable at best, leaving many in the Borough wondering if anyone other than developers and their friends would […]

Avella Files Lawsuit Against Willets Point

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer In the latest move in the ongoing Willets Point saga, State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) has filed a lawsuit to prevent the development of the megamall by Citi Field. The Senator’s complaint alleges that the project was approved without going through the State Legislature, as the site the mall will […]

Convention Center/Hotel Headed For Queens

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer A convention center and hotel/apartment complex is coming to Corona. The DiBlasi Ford dealership at 112-21 Northern Blvd. was bought by the Flushing-based Fleet Financial Group Inc. for $17 million in December. It expects to break ground on the project in June, at a cost of $200 million. Richard Xia, […]

Ending the Year Right

Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras had a fantastic 2013, both personally and professionally: the East Elmhurst council member who raised her profile with the battles over Willets Point and Flushing Meadows Corona Park also welcomed a new baby boy to her family hours after the polls closed for the September primary. As rumors persist that she will […]