The City Council on Wednesday approved a redevelopment plan for Willets Point.
Too bad it’s not the one presented back in 2008. Instead of affordable housing, we’re getting another mall, with the possibility of apartments more than a decade down the road. And the developers probably will never build them at all, since they can skip that part of the project by paying a $35 million fine, which is quite affordable in their league.
The public lost out when the city pulled its bait and switch by moving part of the project onto public land by Citi Field and dropping the housing requirement. Let’s at least hold the developers’ feet to the fire on the housing and hope that part actually gets built one day. Hope is all we can do.