From the Times Ledger:
One of the most outspoken business owners in the fight to redevelop Willets Point has signed an agreement with the city to relocate his business to western Queens.
Jerry Antonacci, owner of Crown Container Co., told the TimesLedger Wednesday that he signed off on a deal that would move his waste transfer business to Maspeth if the city's redevelopment plans are approved by the City Council. Antonacci, a member of the Willets Point Industry and Real Estate Association, had been one of the most vocal critics of the Economic Development Corporation's ongoing negotiations with business owners in the area.
"We worked through a lot of stuff. I feel confident moving forward," he said. "They offered me a really good deal."
Antonacci said despite the agreement, he is still adamantly against the use of eminent domain to acquire property at Willets Point.
"Even though I made the deal, I still feel passionately about that," he said. "I do not want to see eminent domain used on any of the businesses here."
The proposed site is located on 48th Street near Grand Avenue in an M3 district at English Kills.