Willets Point workers and owners rally against redevelopment plans
By John Lauinger
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
More than 50 workers and business owners from the Willets Point "Iron Triangle" protested outside the city Economic Development Corp.'s Manhattan headquarters Thursday.
Their message: Don't destroy 1,500 jobs and a viable economic zone just to make way for 5,500 pricey condos and commercial space.
Workers slammed the city for neglecting the Iron Triangle for decades - and now using the gritty industrial area's shabby condition as a justification for redevelopment.
"After so much neglect, the city is saying Willets Point is blighted and can only be cleaned up by kicking out industry," said worker Michael Batista. "Our community isn't a waste of space; it's an economic engine."
EDC intends to certify the Willets Point redevelopment plan - triggering the start of public review - by Feb. 25, an agency spokeswoman said Thursday.
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