FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 1, 2008
STATEMENT BY MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG ON FIRST PUBLIC APPROVAL OF WILLETS POINT REDEVELOPMENT PLAN
Queens Community Board Seven Vote to Approve the Plan Concludes First Phase of Uniform Land Use Review Procedure
Plan Now Proceeds to the Office of the Borough President, the City Planning Commission and the City Council
"The plan to clean up the environmental contamination at Willets Point and transform it into a vibrant, sustainable neighborhood first originated in community meetings, and tonight's vote by the Community Board is a major step forward in it becoming a reality. The plan will continue to evolve based on input from community members and local representatives - as the board has called for - but the approval tonight demonstrates a desire from the community that this area be remediated from the ground up to make way for more than 5,000 permanent jobs, 18,000 construction jobs, affordable housing and new parks. The next step in the public review process is the Borough President, and the plan goes to her office with the support of elected officials, community, business and labor groups, environmental advocates and now the local Community Board."
Stu Loeser / Andrew Brent (212) 788-2958