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Today a Request for Proposals was issued to contractors to undertake infrastructure work at Willets Point, including the reconstruction of a storm sewer and outfall located within 126th Street and the construction of a sanitary sewer main. These critical infrastructure improvements are needed to support the redevelopment of Willets Point, which historically has lacked basic infrastructure. The RFP was issued by Hunter Roberts, the City’s construction manager for Willets Point off-site infrastructure work. The storm sewer located within 126th Street will convey stormwater north towards the Flushing Bay, and the sanitary sewer main will convey wastewater from Willets Point to an existing pump station west of Citi Field and the Grand Central Parkway near the intersection of 114th Street and 37th Avenue. The budget for each of the two projects is at least $10 million.
“When this work is completed, Willets Point will finally have the infrastructure it needs to prevent further environmental contamination and allow new development to take place. These badly needed infrastructure improvements are a key part of the project that was overwhelmingly approved by the City Council and taken on at the behest of central Queens residents,” said New York City Economic Development Corporation President Seth W. Pinsky. “In addition to improving the neighborhood’s basic infrastructure, remediating decades of environmental damage and creating a new sustainable development, this project will generate thousands of new, quality jobs.”
The City is currently moving forward with Phase 1 of the Willets Point redevelopment. The Phase 1 area is 20.2 acres, and the current development plan includes housing, retail space, a hotel, and two acres of open space, as well as the needed infrastructure improvements. The City currently controls almost 90 percent of the area within Phase 1. The Phase 1 development will create 1,800 permanent jobs and 4,600 construction jobs.
The Willets Point Development Plan is a historic redevelopment effort that will transform an area previous generations have sought to change and improve. The Plan will clean up the environment and help improve the quality of nearby waterways. It will link this district in one of the most vibrant parts of Queens to basic infrastructure and establish a major new mixed-income neighborhood and commercial destination that will create jobs and recapture billions in spending now lost to the suburbs.
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