Rendering of proposed soccer stadium from Queens Courier
"Crapper, I found this article on Capital NY regarding MLS's drive to build a soccer stadium on public parkland. While they enlisted SHoP architects to come up with the design for the stadium (which note, is the same one who came up with Barclays Arena), the main piece of crap of this article is how MLS plans to replace the lost parkland...
the July presentation (entitled "The World's Sport in the World's Park) indicates the league has also looked at a bunch of tiny little plots scattered around the neighborhood, including the .04-acre site at Roosevelt Avenue and 90th Street, the .02-acre site at 108th Street and Van Cleef, and a .03-acre site at Xenia Street, Westside Avenue and the Long Island Expressway.Is that enough to replace a park that is used heavily, with a bunch of small plots? I don't think so!" - Brian
Thanks for bringing this article to my attention. No, it's not enough, which is why MLS and NYC are also proposing buying the MTA's Willets Point yard.
In addition to land bordering Flushing Creek, some of it M.T.A.-owned, and a city-owned plot near the Rego Park Crescent...The "land bordering Flushing Creek" is located on the same peninsula that the soon-to-be-condemned land sits on that the City claims is heavily toxic and flood-prone. Part of it is also officially mapped DEC wetlands.
So who's paying for the decontamination and raising of the flood plain?
The Rego Park land under consideration is somewhere in here:
and in an area that some want to have reactivated as a rail line.