Friday, June 15, 2012

City's biggest land grab goes to the Wilpons

From the Daily News:

ONLY in Michael Bloomberg’s New York are we asked to believe that giving away huge swaths of city-owned land to millionaires is a wonderful deal.

The mayor announced Wednesday that the city had selected the Wilpons, of the Mets and Sterling Equities, and Steve Ross of The Related Companies, to develop 23 acres of land in the Willets Point redevelopment area in Queens.

The Wilpon-Ross partnership, Queens Development Group, will be handed this land completely free of charge, so it can build its own new retail, entertainment and hotel complex adjacent to the Mets’ Citi Field.

Yes, free land, even though the city is on track to spend nearly $500 million buying that very land from scores of industries and auto repair firms that operated there for decades, putting in new sewer lines, and erecting new Long Island Expressway ramps.

Free land, even though Queens Development has committed to developing only one-third of the entire 60-acre Willet Points project City Council approved back in 2008.

Queens Development won’t even have to begin construction on a single unit of residential housing — part of the original lure of the project — until 2025.

“How do you give away 23 acres of land for nothing?” Jerry Antonacci wants to know. He has run Crown Container, a waste hauling and recycling plant in Willets Point for nearly 40 years and has been battling the city’s efforts to move him out. “This is like the biggest heist ever,” Antonacci said, “We all knew the Wilpons wanted our land for themselves all along, and now they got it.”

But when City Hall originally got Council’s approval for Willets Point, there was no mention of giveaways or of the Wilpons as a possible developer.

Just the opposite.

Back then, Bloomberg’s aides assured the Council that any taxpayer money spent on Willets Point would be recouped when the city sold the land to a developer that would be chosen later.


Bloombastard said...

"It's my understanding" I could do that".

Anonymous said...

"...and erecting new Long Island Expressway ramps."

Oh boy. Hey Juan, do some research.

Anonymous said...

Can this really happen? Scary, huh?

Anonymous said...

How much money has been STOLEN from taxpayers so far? The City Council needs to condust an investigation---NOW! Hey DeBlasio! Are YOU paying attention?

Sarah said...

This is called soft tyranny. Your rights are taken from you in increments, small enough on specific people so not enough citizens complain. Wake up folks they are coming for you. Eventually they will come for you.

Gary the Agnostic said...

Mr. Met looks more lifelike than Wilpon.

Anonymous said...

This is outrageous, and I just won't stand for it any longer! Somebody else should do something about this immediately!!!

Jerry said...

Sarah, couldn't have said it better

Anonymous said...

You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.
Abraham Lincoln

WRONG, Honest Abe! In Queens You CAN fool all of the people all of the time.

Anonymous said...

how can i get ferr land ? what a joke , when the hell is this mayor's term up already . PLEASE .
and the wilpons were behind this the hole time dont be fooled.

Ben Pearlman said...

Let's face it folks-Goverment(city,county, state & federal) are ALL thieves! I hope, at least(since we can't do a damn thing about it) that this FREE land grab makes Wilpon enough extra money to put some quality Met players on the team!!!