The Iron Triangle: Queens residents step up fight
The Iron Triangle in Willets Point. More photos here. (Photo by Jefferson Siegel)
Queens residents tonight will be urging City Council members to support an alternative to the Bloomberg administrations $3 billion plan to redevelop Willets Point.
The Queens Congregation United for Action in New York, a tenants advocacy group, developed the plan that will be proposed tonight at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Sorrow Church in Corona.
The plan calls for reserving one-third of housing for people with incomes of $25,000 or less and one-third for people with moderate income. Another third would remain at market price, according to the plan.
In addition, the group is asking that the Iron Triangle businesses that depend on proximity to one another be relocated in clusters and given a range of options. They also want fair compensation for the workers relocation.
The group is also asking opponents to attend a Community Board 7 meeting to testify against the Bloomberg plan.
The Bloomberg administration seeks to oust, possibly though the use of eminent domain, the longtime mix of automobile supply and repair stores and replace them with a massive mixed-use development. It would include retail, housing, a hotel and a convention near the new CitiField stadium.
The Rev. Thomas Healy of Our Lady of Sorrow Church will lead the meeting. City Council members Helen Sears, Eric Gioia, Hiram Monserrate, and Thomas White, Jr. will attend.
-- Simone Herbin