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Willets Point Rezoning Approved, McCarren Pool Construction Begins

willets point garagesThe proposed Willets Point rezoning was approved yesterday by the City Planning Commission. 

The New York Sun and the New York Daily News report that the City Council opposition is demanding primarily that the use of eminent domain be removed from the plan and that the percentage of affordable housing on the site be raised to fifty from twenty percent.

Gotham Gazette reports that modifications made to the plan by the Commission incorporated green building and sustainable design standards. Currently, the plan calls for the construction of a mixed use neighborhood with 5,000 residential units, destination retail, and a small convention center. Given multiple factors that could make Willets Point inhospitable to residents, MAS testified before the Planning Commission suggesting that the City consider the potential of fostering new, green industrial and manufacturing job growth in the area.

In other news, construction at McCarren Pool has started. The renovation of the pool, approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission last month, will include a performance venue, a winter ice rink, cafes and a skate park (Curbed).

Winners of the Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability’s Green Building competition are announced (New York Times)

The Ellis Island Museum is expanding to increase the scope of immigration stories represented in their collection (New York Times)

The Museum of Arts and Design at 2 columbus Circle opens to the public this Saturday (Architectural Record)