To recap the Willets Point saga up to now:
- The three businesses that made deals to stay are the largest political contributors at Willets Point, who donated heavily to Melinda Katz, Hiram Monserrate and Helen Marshall.
- Five businesses have made deals to move to College Point Corporate Park, but CB7 demanded that no more Willets Point businesses be moved there and the City agreed.
- A handful of property owners have sold their land directly to the City.
- The EDC has told the remaining property owners that they plan to negotiate with them, however, they have indicated to those in phases 2 and 3 that they should not expect negotiations to start for more than a year.
- Despite this, they have announced that a public hearing will be held on June 22nd which is required to start the eminent domain process.
- The Willets Point United group has filed an Article 78 challenging the findings of the City's environmental review, an action that is supposed to halt all movement toward eminent domain. The EDC is therefore holding this hearing illegally.
- EDC has not yet completed required title searches on the properties, and therefore does not know who the owners of a sizable number of properties are. This also seems to contradict the EDC's assertion that they have been in constant contact with all land owners at Willets Point throughout the past year. Rules are being broken left and right and something needs to be done to stop the Bloomberg steamroller.
Because of all the above, this Monday (tomorrow) Councilman Tony Avella will hold a rally with the Willets Point business and property owners against the city's planned use of eminent domain at Willets Point. Council Members Julissa Ferrares and John Liu were also invited. Let's see if they show up.
The rally will be held at Shea Gas Station at 127-48 Northern Blvd at 1:30pm tomorrow.