From the Daily News:
The City Planning Commission approved a plan to build a mega mall near Citi Field as part of a larger redevelopment of the gritty stretch of auto body shops.
The 13-member panel gave its overwhelming approval for the proposal — paving the way for a City Council vote within the next 50 days.
Board member Michelle de la Uz was the lone dissenting voice during the meeting.
She argued that there are a glut of malls already in Queens and said “questionable and weak” efforts have been made to relocate the immigrant shop owners working in the auto body shops.
The development group — a joint venture between Sterling Equities and the Related Co. — said Wednesday that they will begin “briefing Council members” on the “support the plan has received from local civic leaders.”
What civic leaders are those? Chuck Apelian and Paul Vallone?
New York City Planning Commissioner Michelle de la Uz explains her "NO" vote -- opposing the proposed Willets West mall / Willets Point development of Sterling Equities and Related Companies -- during the Planning Commission meeting on August 21, 2013. Commissioner de la Uz is appointed by the New York City Public Advocate. Her predecessor, Commissioner Karen Phillips -- who was appointed by the prior NYC Public Advocate -- similarly voted against the original proposed Willets Point development during 2008.
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