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City Hall Park, New York, USA, April 11, 2024 – New York City Mayor Eric Adams delivers remarks at New York City Football Clubs (NYCFC) rally in support of the Willets Point Transformation, which will bring 100 percent affordable housing, economic activity, and New York City first-ever soccer-specific stadium to Queens. Photo: Luiz Rampelotto/EuropaNewswire


In a groundbreaking announcement that encapsulates the essence of community development and sporting innovation, Mayor Eric Adams celebrates a historic milestone for New York City. The approval of the Willets Point Phase 2 development marks not only the largest all-affordable housing project in four decades but also the city’s first soccer-specific stadium—a move set to transform the landscape of Queens and redefine the city’s sporting identity.

The vision behind the Willets Point Transformation project, announced in collaboration with key stakeholders including the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), City Councilmember Francisco Moya, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, the New York City Football Club (NYCFC), and Queens Development Group (QDG), is nothing short of transformative. This ambitious undertaking encompasses a diverse array of components aimed at fostering economic growth, community engagement, and sustainable urban development.

At its core, the Willets Point initiative represents a triumph for affordable housing. With plans to deliver 2,500 all-affordable housing units, including homes for low-income seniors, the project addresses one of the most pressing issues facing New Yorkers—the scarcity of affordable housing options. This commitment to inclusivity and social equity aligns seamlessly with Mayor Adams’ blueprint for economic recovery and housing accessibility, underscoring the city’s dedication to creating vibrant, livable communities for all residents.

Moreover, the development’s economic impact is poised to be substantial, with projections estimating over $6 billion in economic activity over the next three decades. This infusion of capital will not only stimulate local businesses and create thousands of jobs but also solidify Willets Point as a premier destination for sports and entertainment.

Central to the project’s allure is the construction of the city’s first soccer-specific stadium—a testament to New York City’s burgeoning soccer culture and the growing popularity of the sport nationwide. Privately financed by NYCFC, the 25,000-seat stadium represents a significant investment in sporting infrastructure and promises to be a beacon of athletic excellence. Beyond its role as a venue for professional soccer matches, the stadium will serve as a focal point for community gatherings, cultural events, and recreational activities, enriching the fabric of Queens’ social landscape.

Furthermore, the stadium’s commitment to sustainability sets a new standard for environmental stewardship in sports. As the first fully-electric stadium in Major League Soccer and New York City’s first fully electric professional sports venue, it exemplifies the intersection of innovation and sustainability. By prioritizing renewable energy sources and eco-friendly design principles, the stadium embodies a forward-thinking approach to sports infrastructure that resonates with environmentally conscious audiences worldwide.

As construction commences on the Willets Point Phase 2 project, the city embarks on a journey of transformation—one that promises to revitalize neighborhoods, empower communities, and elevate New York City’s global standing. With affordable housing, economic prosperity, and sporting excellence at its core, the Willets Point initiative heralds a new era of opportunity and growth for the city and its residents.

In the words of Mayor Adams, today’s vote marks more than just a legislative triumph—it symbolizes a collective commitment to building a brighter, more inclusive future for all New Yorkers. As the city prepares to embrace the promise of Willets Point, one thing remains abundantly clear: the best is yet to come.

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