Just when we were starting to think we wouldn't live to see the resolution of the battle over Willets Point's redevelopment, a State Supreme Court judge has ruled that the megaproject can go forward. Crain's and the Observer report the details of the Friday afternoon blockbuster. Among other things, the lawsuit from 20 Willets Point business owners challenged the project's proposed new traffic ramps, arguing that traffic to the megaproject's apartments, offices, school, convention center, and hotel will overwhelm the Van Wyck Expressway, and that the city's environmental impact statement didn't estimate the traffic's impact correctly. Not so, says Judge Joan Madden!
Of course, the city still needs to acquire the remaining 20 percent of the land for the project's first phase through eminent domain, and the Willets Point business owners are pinning their hopes on an appeal or on the project stalling out. In the meantime, check out those views over the Citi Field right field wall before it's too late.
· City Wins Key Willets Point Court Case [NYO]
· Judge won't block Willet's Point Redevelopment [Crain's]
· Willet's Point coverage [Curbed]