Despite numerous points of contention that were not addressed by the developer, including the replacement of parkland and earlier construction of affordable housing, CB 7 on Monday approved the plan to redevelop Willets Point — again. Here project opponent and Willets Point resident Joe Ardizzone speaks against the plan, with CB 7 Chairman Gene Kelty behind him.
A resident asks how many more malls Queens needs, while advocating for the creation of more parkland, as CB 7 Land Use Committee Chairman Chuck Apelian looks on.
The view from the cheap seats: This is how Community Board 7’s Land Use Committee discussed the proposed redevelopment of Willets Point before a vote that approved the proposal, flipping a failed attempt at OKing the plan five days earlier.
Members of the Queens Housing Coalition showing the opposition to the plan, which they contend at the very least needlessly delays the creation of promised affordable housing — if it becomes a reality at all.