An update on the Iron Triangle development efforts:
On Monday, the plan to rebuild Willets Point (across from the new Citi Field) entered the Uniform Land Use Review Process.
What does that mean? According to the Gotham Gazette at this stage the plan: “would go before community boards, the Queens borough president’s office, the City Planning Commission and eventually the City Council.”
However, this week Councilmember Hiram Monserrate and 28 other councilmen published a letter which essentially condemns the plan unless their longstanding complaints and questions about the project are addressed.
According to the Village Voice, Monserrate wrote the plan has “no chance of surviving the public review process…
The plan provides no guarantees that the displaced workers and small businesses will be treated fairly or compensated with meaningful benefits to the surrounding communities such as housing affordable to the average family.”
The the Willets Point Industry and Realty Association, which represents all the businesses in the Iron Triangle, has also filed a lawsuit against the city.