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Indian Wells Tennis Garden Begins Construction; Capacity To Increase By 17,000
Published March 19, 2013
EMPIRE STATE OF MIND: In N.Y., Lisa Foderaro reports the USTA's $500M construction plan for the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center has "encountered unusually well-organized opposition." The project would replace two of the center's three stadiums "while adding 7,000 seats, new retail space, parking and expanded walkways." But to "achieve that, the Tennis Center, which occupies 42 acres inside Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, needs a .68-acre strip of parkland" from N.Y. Hundreds of people "turned out in recent weeks at six public hearings held by local community boards; half of the boards voted in favor of the project, and half voted against." The city council will "consider those votes, which are nonbinding, when it weighs the project this summer." But opposition to the plan has been "heightened by two other proposals" for Flushing Meadows-Corona Park (N.Y. TIMES, 3/19).