Mayor Bloomberg and officials today broke ground on the initial phase of critical infrastructure work at Willets Point in Queens, including construction of a sanitary sewer main and reconstruction of a storm sewer and outfall. These improvements, which constitute a $50 million investment, support the historic redevelopment of Willets Point, which has always lacked this basic infrastructure, and will allow for the creation of a vibrant new mixed-use neighborhood in Queens. The work also represents a major first step in the environmental remediation of the long-contaminated site. This first phase of the project will create 1,800 permanent jobs and 4,600 construction-related jobs.
According to the Mayor:
"This major investment in infrastructure will create jobs, catalyze private sector investment, and lay the groundwork for New York City’s next great neighborhood. These investments mark the first physical steps—after years of planning and working together with local leaders—in reimagining Willets Point as a vibrant commercial and residential community."
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