The city's plan for a massive project next to the new CitiField in Willets Point is moving forward, with the New York Economic Development Corp. set to start the clock ticking on public review by the end of the month. In the meantime, there was a demonstration against the project by business owners that would be displaced and workers that could lose their jobs if the city seizes property for it. The $3 billion project would cover an area of 65 acres and would include up to 5,000 units of housing, a 700-room hotel, a 400,000 square foot convention center, 1.8 million square feet of retail space, 500,000 square feet of office space, a school and parks. Business owners say they have no interest in moving and that 1,500 jobs will disappear if the plan goes forward. They say the area is "an economic engine."
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