A set of land owners at Willets Point said the city has been disingenuous in negotiations for the purchase of their land and argued that the city Economic Development Corporation is only keeping contact to rebuild support among local City Council members.
Willets Pt. biz calls city offer a sham
The owners of Bono Sawdust Supply and Crown Container said the city, which is hoping to get approval from the City Council in the near future for a more than $3 billion redevelopment of Willets Point, has done little more than pay lip service to the 250 existing businesses and landowners that currently reside in the area.
"They want to get everyone here to sign a piece of paper that says we negotiated with the city," said Jack Bono, whose family has owned Bono Sawdust Supply for more than 70 years. "Then they can take that paper to the City Council and say, 'Look, we talked to them, they were unreasonable, we have to use eminent domain.'"