Today Senator Tony Avella, City Club, NYC Park Advocates and a group of Corona businesses and residents will file a lawsuit in hopes to stop the construction of a mega mall at Willets Point. Queens Chronicle states that it’s not yet clear what the legal reasoning is behind the suit, but it’s likely it has something to do with using parkland from Flushing Meadows-Corona Park for the development. And it doesn’t look like Willets Point United is involved in the lawsuit, although the group long advocated for tenant rights at the Iron Triangle.
The city has stated that taking the parkland is legal under an agreement signed with the Mets in 1961, which never replaced parkland used for Shea Stadium. The project will take away about 30 acres of park to build the city’s largest mall.
Suit to Stop Willets Point Project to be Filed Friday [Queens Chronicle]
All Willets Point Coverage [Q’Stoner]