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Demolition Is Underway at Site of Willets Point Redevelopment

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The last of the auto repairs shops along 126th Street between 38th and Roosevelt Avenues have been torn down

Demolition is underway at a former strip of auto body shops along a section of Willets Point to make way for its $4 billion redevelopment project that will bring a mall, movie theater, and affordable housing, reports DNAinfo.

On Tuesday morning, the last of the auto repairs shops along 126th Street between 38th and Roosevelt Avenues were torn down, leaving the stretch barren.

In the recent past, the project has been halted by several concerns, with the city withdrawing its support over Mayor de Blasio’s disapproval of the lack of affordable housing originally incorporated into the plan, however City Council voted to support the plan anyway in December of last year.

The area, being developed by Queens Development Group, Sterling Equities, and Related Companies will need environmental remediation (pollution removal) before construction can begin.

The demolition, which began last Tuesday is expected to be ongoing and is pending a completion date of August 31st.