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Recent discussion of a new Major League Soccer stadium at Aqueduct Racetrack in Ozone Park has sparked conversations throughout Queens and across the city. While many believe we may have an opportunity to create quality local jobs, increase economic development and boost our local small businesses, we must first ensure the channels of communication are open and the process is collaborative, inclusive and respectful of the concerns of every family.
A new soccer stadium has the potential to improve our economic outlook, create good jobs and make our neighborhoods stronger. While MLS can be a huge asset, we cannot overlook the challenges our community already faces that will be further compounded by increased development, most notably access and transportation. Queens residents are severely underserved by public transportation and our roadways are stretched to capacity. We must invest in reliable, affordable transportation infrastructure, like the Rockaway Beach Rail Line, to serve our current population and open up development possibilities.
Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber hopes to announce a deal for its 20th franchise in “4 to 6 weeks.”
The Queens native alluded to a potential deal finally being ironed out with the city that could let MLS to announce its latest franchise.
The announcement will presumably be followed by the kickoff of the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure that would allow it to set up a 35,000-seat stadium in the heart of Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Call it a redo on a Major League Soccer stadium in Queens.
A committee charged with bringing the Olympics to New York suggested a soccer stadium in Queens serve as a backup plan in its 2001-2005 push to host the 2012 Olympics, according to decade-old documents obtained by the Chronicle. It would have also served as the home to a Major League Soccer franchise.
Community groups and residents opposing proposed expansions in Flushing Meadows Corona Park staged a rally and park cleanup on a rainy Sunday …