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After Hosting Autistic Children At Citi Field, Mets Consider Designating "Quiet Zone" At The Ballpark
Published June 15, 2012
GETTING A FACELIFT: On Long Island, Anthony DeStefano notes an ambitious $3B project "would transform Willets Point -- a sprawling warren of auto body shops, dilapidated buildings, rutted roads and the occasional junkyard dog -- into a modern retail and entertainment complex around Citi Field." N.Y. Mayor Michael Bloomberg Thursday announced that the project, which will "involve the owners of the New York Mets, is expected to provide 12,000 construction jobs and 7,100 permanent jobs, plus hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue in an area where the ground is believed to be permeated with oils and other toxic wastes." The first "redevelopment phase, an area east of Citi Field, calls for construction of retail, hotel and commercial space" (NEWSDAY, 6/15). In N.Y., Irving DeJohn notes Sterling Equities and Related Cos. are working together on the $3B project and will be "responsible for 5 million square feet of new development" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 6/15). Also in N.Y., David Seifman notes cleaning the "contaminated land probably couldn't start before 2014," which would mean "construction on the project would begin sometime" in '15. The Mets' parking area on the west side of Citi Field "would be moved temporarily to prepare for construction" (N.Y. POST, 6/15).