Highway Ramps to be Built Near Mets Stadium
Highway Ramps to be Built Near Mets Stadium MattBritt00, flickr
FHA determines "no significant effect on the human environment."
A major obstacle has been removed to New York City's redevelopment plan of the Willets Point area near the Mets team's stadium.
The Federal Highway Administration determined the plan would have "no significant effect on the human environment."
Supporters and opponents have long awaited the decision.
The agency said a pair of proposed highway ramps would enhance traffic between Willets Point and the Van Wyck Expressway.
Opponents had argued the redevelopment would bring more traffic to the already congested area.
A lawyer for property owners told The New York Times he'll examine the agency's decision and then consider legal options.
The Economic Development Corporation called the agency's determination "a significant milestone" in the area's redevelopment.
The project calls for retail space, hotels and housing on the 62-acre parcel.