The Willets Point Defense Committee sent a letter to City Councilman Hiram Monserrate (D-East Elmhurst) and other city officials demanding that a $3 million fund set up to help tenant businesses relocate be extended, calling the current plan woefully inadequate for the more than 200 businesses it would need to serve.
In the letter, Willets Point Defense Committee President Arturo Olaya said the existing fund, which would be divided up among the businesses by square footage, seems geared towards allowing store owners to dissolve their businesses and seek other employment rather than relocate.
The group estimated that the average business in Willets Point would receive $15,000, while many of the smaller shops would only receive $9,000 or less. Olaya said the funding would be a drop in the bucket towards addressing the costs involved with relocation, such as new rental sites, storage, moving, customization of new spaces, signage, marketing to attract customers and employee payrolls.
Tenant businesses plead with Monserrate for more relocation funding
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