Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Rendering courtesy NYCEDC
Rendering courtesy NYCEDC
An aerial view rendering of the massive Willets Point redevelopment project.

State Senator Tony Avella and a long list of Queens park advocates are suing the city to stop a mega mall from coming to Citi Field.

The 1.4 million-square-foot shopping center is part of a major $3 billion project by Sterling Equities and Related Companies to redevelop Willets Point.

The ambitious and controversial plan, approved Oct. 9 by the City Council, also includes the cleanup of 23 acres of contaminated land and the eventual construction of housing units with commercial and retail space.

The group filed the suit Feb. 10 in New York County Supreme Court, saying the project cannot proceed without state Legislature approval under a doctrine that protects state parkland.

The suit also seeks annulments of city approvals.

“It’s a serious principle here,” Avella said. “If the city is allowed to get away with this, what’s to stop them next time? If we keep giving it away, someday we’ll wake up and there will be no parks.”

 

RECOMMENDED STORIES

Comments:

Join The Discussion



Related Stories
Man operating an insane van with 80 speakers near Willets Point arrested for blaring loud music
Man operating an insane van with 80 speakers near Willets Point arrested for blaring loud music
Willets Point-inspired paintings by a Whitestone native receive recognition
Willets Point-inspired paintings by a Whitestone native receive recognition
Popular Stories
Photo by NYPD and Google Maps
Flushing’s Bowne Playground was the scene of two recent pedophile attacks
Photos by Google Maps and NYPD
Three teenage burglars force their way into a Fresh Meadows apartment at gunpoint
QNS photo
UPDATE: Bayside street will be renamed after a beloved softball coach
Skip to toolbar