From the NYC EDC:
In 2004, based on the work of the Downtown Flushing Task Force, the City created the Willets Point Advisory Committee (WPAC), chaired by Borough President Helen Marshall, to help advise the City's planning efforts for redevelopment in Willets Point. This collaborative planning process established goals and guidelines to create a vibrant, mixed-use community at Willets Point.
Stan Allen, architect
Architectural Scenerios for Willets Point, 2006
At the request of local city agencies, SAA was asked to examine the urbanistic and architectural implication of the construction of major new sports facilities at Willets Point in Queens, New York. Our solution includes a continuous park surface to be constructed over the MTA yards, connecting the sports precinct with the existing Flushing Meadows park.
So if Grandma Shulman and company were tasked with planning for a
"vibrant, mixed-use community" back in 2004, why was the City asking for architectural renderings of Wilpon's soccer stadium on that land in 2006?