Queens Borough President, Melinda Katz, had voiced her support in favor of a Soccer Stadium in the Willets Point section of Queens. A triangle of industrial complexes dubbed “The Junkyard”, or “The Iron Triangle. New York City has long been looking to develop Willets Point. Early proposals centered around a mall and shopping center with hotels and housing in what is currently Citi Field’s parking combined with a concentration of housing in Willets Point, which would be build after the necessary environmental cleanup of the area. Those plans came to a screeching halt in 2015 when a state court ruled that the land could not be used for a mall. New York’s Appellate Court ruled that the land could only be used for stadium related purposes. Following that decision, developers interested in the bid suggested that a soccer stadium could be built on the land instead.
Things, however, have taken quite a turn for the Bronx!
YIMBY has the first look at an enormous project coming to the South Bronx waterfront, dubbed Harlem River Yards, submitted to the city by a Related-led partnership. The plans would rise adjacent to Somerset Partners’ assortment of new towers already in the works, adding another major affordable housing building, as well as the City’s first dedicated soccer stadium, with 26,000 seats, designed by Rafael Viñoly. The total cost is projected at $700 million.
The partnership is comprised of Related, Somerset Partners, and the New York City Football Club, which would be the occupying team for the new stadium.
The affordable housing component would come with a 25,000 square foot medical facility in the base, as well as major amenities for the neighborhood’s children. Up above, there would be approximately 550 affordable and workforce apartments created.
And you thought getting in and out of the Bronx was bad now. Imagine what commuting to and from the South Bronx will be like once this many people are crammed into this tiny space without the necessary infrastructure to accommodate the inevitable influx of residents and potential tourism.