From the Queens Chronicle:
The city’s announcement that the burgeoning and long-contested development project at Willets Point would not be proceeding as originally outlined and the lack of sufficient affordable housing for the middle- and lower-income families living in the borough led about 100 distraught residents to pack a Queens Housing Coalition meeting on Nov. 20 in Jackson Heights.
The Willets Point Redevelopment Plan was approved by the City Council in 2008 and included the construction of 5,500 mixed-income residential units, 2,000 of which were to be affordable housing.
This past June, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that the affordable housing plan would be delayed until 2025.
“We just want the mayor to remember the promise he made about affordable housing at Willets Point,” said QHC’s coordinator Ivan Contreras. “We feel betrayed.”
You too? Welcome to the club! See, this was the old bait-and-switch. Convince activists that they will get something they want in return for their support of the project. (Extra points if the activists have skin that's a color other than white and especially if they are bilingual.) Once the project is in motion, pull the rug out from under them. And there are suckers that fall for it every time.
The Wilpons don't want to build affordable housing. They want to make money. Period. end of story. Wake up, Queens.