From the Queens Tribune:
After a reassessment of construction costs sent the plan back to the drawing board, the City diverted its attention elsewhere.
“We lost our place in the City’s pipeline,” Meyer said, claiming Willets Point’s redevelopment jumped to the front-burner while Flushing Commons was temporarily shelved.
Along the way, promises were made. In a mythologized but documented exchange between the Economic Development Corp. and then-Councilman John Liu, mentions of a 2,000 spot, capped-rate parking lot were floated, along with a movie theater and book store, among other things.
Mythologized? It was in writing. Here is a copy of it.
After nearly four hours of presenting and public comments, Meyer left struggling to grapple with what he largely characterized was a misguided opposition based on distortions and unrealistic expectations regarding parking.
One of the foremost and vocal opponents of Flushing Commons continues to be the neighborhood’s Business Improvement District, headed by chair James Gerson. But Meyer, himself a BID member, believes its membership has been manipulated into opposing a project that will ultimately benefit them.
“I believe the chairman has manipulated the process and unfairly unrepresented what’s happening in the community,” he said.
Meyer claims to have made repeated attempts to present the parking aspect of the development before the BID, only to have Gerson allegedly create a scheduling hurdle.
“I really think it’s been an abuse of what the mandate of the BID is and the process. There’s been a manipulation of the process,” Meyer said. “There have been a lot of misstatements.”
In spite of the long journey and continued controversy, Meyer has nothing but high hopes.
“It’s really going to transform Flushing,” he said before adding “I know some people would rather have their parking.”
Nice one-sided argument there. Why not call Johnny Liu for his opinion? After all, he was the Trib's man of the year a few short months ago.