From the Daily News:
Fledgling businesses will be able to avail themselves of some incubator space at the massive Willets Point development, officials said Tuesday.
The 18,000-square-foot space — to be split between two different sections of the development — will be operated by the Queens Chamber of Commerce.
“You’re giving businesses a chance to learn the ropes while they’re actually conducting business,” said Jack Friedman, the Chamber’s executive director.
The companies will receive a 30% to 40% discount on rent at the space and receive free trainings and other services, he said.
The plan for the incubator was a little-known detail buried in the list of concessions agreed upon by the developers, the Related Co. and Sterling Equities.
The duo will give the Queens Chamber $165,000 to help fund the start-up costs for the entrepreneurial space.
One possibility, he said, would be to utilize the space as a local food court, which would enable area eateries to share one industrial-sized kitchen and save on costs.
The Queens Economic Development Corp. operates a similar food incubator in Long Island City.
If space permits, the incubator could also house smaller storefronts, which would be occupied by merchants who hope to appeal to the area’s ethnic enclaves. For example, an Indian Sari shop from Jackson Heights.
This makes a whole lot of sense, doesn't it? Evict currently operating businesses that provide something useful in order to open a fast food court and recreate 82nd Street. What would we do without innovative ideas like this?