In a meeting with Willets Point Queens Community Board 7, the New York City Football Club presented its plans to construct a 25,000-seat soccer stadium near Citi Field in Corona, Queens. Known as the Willets Point Revitalization Plan, the scope of work also includes a 100-percent affordable housing project with more than 2,500 units, a 650-seat school, a 250-key hotel, retail and dining locations, and more than 40,000 square feet of public open space.
While plans for the project were well received by community leaders, the project will still need to pass the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP), set to begin this year.
“From the beginning, New York City Football Club has understood the importance of strong communication and collaboration with mayor [Eric] Adams, councilmember Francisco Moya, borough president Richards, and the local Queens community as we move forward with plans for a privately financed soccer-specific stadium,” said the club’s vice chairman Marty Edelman. “This continued investment in New York City will create a long-overdue home for our first team, and create a new neighborhood for Queens.”
Renderings from HOK, a global architecture and engineering firm, depict a sprawling campus with the stadium as the focal point. The main entrance to the stadium will be located along 126th Street at the western boundary of Citi Field. S9 Architecture has designed the affordable housing component, which includes several mid-rise structures with large central courtyards that complement the shape and massing of the stadium.
Total project costs are estimated around $780 million.
Since the ULURP process has yet to begin, the project team cannot confirm when the stadium component can be expected. The first phase of housing could break ground by the end of this year.