New York City Economic Development Corporation has begun the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure for Phase 2 of the Willets Point development in Queens, a key project initiated by Mayor Eric Adams. This phase includes plans for 1,400 units of affordable housing, a new public school, 40,000 square feet of public open space, a privately financed soccer stadium, and a hotel.
The project’s first phase, which will create 1,100 new housing units, is set to begin construction in late 2023. Overall, the Willets Point transformation aims to generate an estimated $6.1 billion in economic impact over 30 years and create over 16,000 jobs.
Key stakeholders, including Councilmember Francisco Moya, Community Board 7 vice chairman Chuck Apelian, and Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr., have expressed support for the project’s comprehensive approach to urban development. Representatives from Related Companies and Sterling Equities, along with NYCFC vice chairman Marty Edelman, underscored the project’s focus on affordable housing and community-oriented facilities.
“The revitalization of Willets Point represents an incredible opportunity for Queens and our entire city,” said Tom Grech, president and CEO of the Queens Chamber of Commerce. “This project will bring much-needed affordable housing, retail space, park space, a state-of-the-art soccer stadium, along with a school and a hotel. We applaud Mayor Adams and everyone at NYCEDC for their commitment to this important project that will create jobs and catalyze economic activity that supports local businesses.”
The Uniform Land Use Review Procedure process involves thorough review and input from various city stakeholders, ensuring a balanced and transparent approach to significant urban development projects.