Saturday, December 1, 2012
And this benefits us how exactly?
From the Times Ledger:
Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber hinted Monday that the league and the city have nearly hammered out a broad agreement for a 25,000-capacity stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
“There’s a lot of work that needs to happen to finalize our agreement with New York City over our use of the land and our ability to lease that land to build a stadium,” Garber said. “I do believe that we will resolve that shortly. I can’t put any timetable on that, but we are at the finish line.”
The soccer bigwig told the Associated Press that a new team could be playing in Queens by the start of the 2016 season, but the stadium is not a done deal.
An agreement would act more like a broad framework to guide further action, ensuring both the city and the league understand each others’ terms before beginning the formal approval process.
That process includes the city and state signing off on the lease and giving the 10 acres of parkland for the stadium, according to AP.
The league would also need to negotiate the location of replacement parkland and forge an agreement with the New York Mets over the use of their parking lot at nearby Citi Field, the AP reported.
From DNA Info:
With a deal on a Flushing Meadows soccer stadium nearing completion, Major League Soccer officials visited an abandoned Rego Park site earlier this month to scope it out as a potential replacement park space, MLS and those present at the tour confirmed.
An MLS group, accompanied by city officials, visited a vacant 16-acre parcel of land next to the Forest Hills Little League in early November, according to Larry Berkowitz, director of the little league.
MLS confirmed that they looked at the city-owned site, which partially houses abandoned Long Island Railroad tracks, along with other sites. The Rego Park site is one of several being considered by MLS, which must replace the land it hopes to use in Flushing Meadows Corona Park for the stadium.
Basically what MLS is going to do is look for properties it can get on the cheap from the City or MTA to use as replacement parkland. Of course, the ideal thing would be for them to build their stupid stadium outside of NYC, where there is private land aplenty for them to purchase and build on. But if this deal were to go forward, the least MLS could do is purchase and convert sites actually suggested by Queens communities for parkland. The list is long... Brinckerhoff Cemetery, the Whitestone CYO site, Klein Farm, Cornell Farm, St. Saviour's, etc. But why do that when your lobbyists can make a deal behind the scenes by bribing elected officials to support a sweetheart deal?