The WPIRA was formed over three years ago with the specific intent of communicating our needs to the City. With their redevelopment plan in jeopardy, a week before the final City Council vote, the City is now motivated to strike deals with the businesses.
Let's be clear – we are not "holdouts" and we have always encouraged our members to work with the City to try to negotiate a deal that is fair and equitable, but let's not kid ourselves, we wouldn't be having these discussions with the city if the threat of eminent domain wasn't on the table.
As of yesterday, the city falsely claims to have control of 40% of the property at Willets Point. But they have intentionally left out the fact that these deals are only good if the Mayor's plan is approved by the City Council.
They have included the streets which were always owned by the City to prop up the percentage. It is our belief that the EDC has contracts on less than 20% of the land. If the vote were today, the City would be asking the Council for authorization to use eminent domain on 80% of the land at Willets Point.