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Connecting Willets Point into the diverse community fabric of Queens with a mixed-use, mixed-income neighborhood with housing, retail, public open space, a school and community-serving uses.

The Need

With limited infrastructure and a history of environmental degradation, Willets Point is located within the 100-year flood plain. The City has been working with community partners such as the Queens Community Board’s 7, 3 and 4, to reimagine Willets Point in ways that would create new opportunities for residents and businesses. By leveraging the area's strategic location, Willets Point could better serve the nearby neighborhoods by providing spaces for schools, delivering on much needed affordable housing, jobs and recreational needs to better serve residents. Willets Point can realize its full potential to serve the nearby communities with investments in critical infrastructure and remediation of historically contaminated land.

By the Numbers

1,100

Units of affordable housing

Cleaning the Environment, Creating a Neighborhood

The redevelopment of Willets Point will establish the area as a major new mixed-income neighborhood with a mix of uses.

Initial off-site infrastructure work supporting development at Willets Point started in 2011 and was completed in 2014, with the construction of a sanitary sewer main and a storm sewer and outfall—representing a $50 million infrastructure upgrade. Building on this progress, the next phase of infrastructure and the initial six-acre development parcel of the Willets Point project will deliver one million square feet of new development that will consist of:

  • 1,100 units of 100% affordable housing across three new residential buildings, including a standalone building with 220 homes for low-income seniors;
  • 1.2 acres of publicly accessible open space;
  • A new, 450-seat public elementary school;
  • 300 parking spaces;
  • New streets, as well as new infrastructure along 126th Street, Willets Point Boulevard, and within the development area; and
  • Environmental remediation

This initial investment in Willets Point will turn the tide on a long history of environmental neglect to an area that will better serve Queens families with over half of these affordable homes available to families of three earning less than $57,660 and 45% of these homes permanently affordable.

Willets Point Task Force

Building on the February 2018 announcement of affordable housing on six acres of City-owned land, Mayor de Blasio announced the formation of the Willets Point Task Force to identify community priorities and create recommendations for the remainder of the 17 acres of City-owned land within the Special Willets Point District. The task force—chaired by Borough President Melinda Katz and Council Member Francisco Moya—was a group of Queens stakeholders that met over four months to define the vision for the future of the area.

View additional information about the Willets Point Development including documents relating to city planning commission resolutions, the Willets Point Phase 1 RFP, Willets Point Design Guidelines, and off-site infrastructure improvements such as NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) Permit.

Task Force Documents

Environment Review

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