From this week's Times Ledger:
Willets Point plans won't help biz owners
With all due respect, former Queens Borough President Claire Shulman's claim in an April 12 TimesLedger story that a proposal concerning Willets Point holds the potential for Queens's future, this is political nonsense.
If Willets Point passes a legal challenge, it will almost certainly include an unnecessary hotel, a useless convention center, high-rise luxury housing and a paltry amount of so-called moderate housing.
What makes all this absurd is that the price for all this is that it will destroy an existing viable economic area that contains about 225 businesses, employing more than 1,400 people who serve a public need, support many families and pay taxes. That the area may need some cosmetic face-lifting is no excuse to destroy viable economic businesses. The Willets Point proposal will benefit special interests and not the little people of Queens.
Benjamin M. Haber
Kew Gardens Hills
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