City Council to Vote Soon on Willets Point Development

The proposal would build 1,400 income-restricted apartments—on top of 1,100 already in the works—on the Flushing waterfront just east of Citi Field. It also includes a privately financed stadium for the New York City Football Club.

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The site of the future soccer stadium at Willets Point, pictured here in November.

The City Council is expected to vote in the coming weeks on plans for the city’s first soccer stadium at Willets Point—along with hundreds of new apartments nearby—the latest chapter in decades of attempts at developing the Flushing waterfront site just east of Citi Field.

Phase I of the development, approved last year, green-lit the construction of 1,100 affordable housing units and a public school designed to accommodate up to 650 students.

Phase II, currently under consideration, seeks approval for another 1,400 affordable apartments,  the addition of a 25,000-seat, privately financed stadium for the New York City Football Club (NYCFC), as well as a 250-room hotel.

With the city facing a historically low 1.4 percent housing vacancy rate, approval of the project would mark a significant housing win for the Adams administration’s “moonshot” goal of adding 500,000 new homes over the next decade. The City Planning Commission unanimously approved Phase II on March 6, and the City Council now has until April 26 to vote on the proposal under the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) requirements.

“There hasn’t been this many number of affordable units coming online in decades, and it’s not just the stadium—this is a brand new neighborhood that’s coming to the borough of Queens,” said Queens District 21 Councilmember Francisco Moya, who represents Willets Point.

“I’m very proud of the work that I’ve been able to do to get this project to where it is today and hopefully in the upcoming weeks we’ll finalize that with a vote for approval at the Council,” he added. 

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