From the Times Ledger:
The city Economic Development Corp. floated its plan to relocate five Willets Point businesses — Sambucci Bros. Auto Salvage, Flushing Towing, T. Mina Building Supply Co., Met Metals and Feinstein Ironworks — to the more than 500−acre corporate park and move asphalt plant Cofire Paving Corp. to a new location.
After a heated back−and−forth discussion on the proposal, Kelty delayed a full−board vote until later this month, citing a major gap between the board and the city.
But though only minor issues appeared to remain between CB 7 and the city over the planned moves, the city hit a stone wall when EDC Vice President Tom McKnight said the city could not commit to setting aside the 25−acre Flushing Airport site — one of the largest undeveloped properties owned by the city — for parks and recreation uses. McKnight said the city has to conduct an analysis of the site to determine what, if anything, could be built on the area.
Apelian and several board members lambasted McKnight and the EDC, contending that the analysis would ultimately turn into a proposal for a large commercial development.