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State OKs USTA expansion

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Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:17 am, Thu Sep 19, 2013.

Gov. Cuomo signed off on legislation that seals the deal for the United States Tennis Association expansion at Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

The governor touted the creation of 1,500 construction and full-time jobs in his approval.

“Today’s legislation will help make that possible, by allowing the expansion and improvement of this sports complex, while also creating more than 1,500 jobs for the community,” Cuomo said.

The signing on Sept. 6 will provide for a two-thirds of an acre boundary expansion of the complex.

In return the city will receive back 1.56 acres of land for public recreational use, which it now leases to the USTA. Park advocates continue to balk at the deal because the USTA will still manage the land and close it during the US Open.

The $500 million project includes plans to build a 15,000-seat stadium and an 8,000-seat stadium, as well as new plazas.

In July the City Council signed off on the project in return for $10.05 million to go to the park and 16 community programs sponsored by the association.

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