Arturo Olaya (c.) speaks at a rally in Willets Point Monday as workers hold up a banner featuring the business cards of the 200 tenant businesses operating in the area.
Avella said that if the project is approved by the City Council in a vote this Thursday, it will take years to develop, while businesses who rent their property will be left out in the cold. He compared the project to the College Point Corporate Park, a commercial business community just over a mile away, which the city purchased more than 30 years ago but only built up in the 1990s.
“That property stood vacant for two decades before anything was done,” he said. “That’s what’s going to happen here. This tax base that you have here is going to disappear.”
Avella: ‘Pull this project’
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