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City Council set to vote on future of Willets Point, 5 Pointz

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An artist rendering of what the mall at Willets Point will look like, if approved by the City Council.

WILLETS POINT, QUEENS (PIX11) – The City Council is set to vote Thursday on a development project aimed at redeveloping Willets Point, Queens.

The redevelopment plan, headed by Related Co. and Sterling Industries, is prepared to build a 1.4 million square-foot mall on Flushing Meadows-Corona Park land. Many in the community have been battling this proposal for months, saying small businesses will be pushed out. Community leaders argue that the developers have not provided a plan that will benefit the community with jobs, affordable housing and more open space. Increased car traffic and overcrowding are also issues at hand, activists say.

The more than 1,900 units of affordable housing originally proposed in the plan has been decreased to 875.

RELATED: THE CONTROVERSY OVER THE FUTURE OF 5 POINTZ

The plan has already been approved by the Planning Commission and Queens Borough President, Helen M. Marshall.

The council will also consider the fate of 5 Pointz, the graffiti-covered warehouse in Long Island City that has become an art tourism destination. The developer would like to tear down the building and erect residential towers on the site.