The second thank you of the week to @tomwatson for putting this on my radar.
The full article is here but let’s excerpt..
the Wilpons will now build a million-square-foot “entertainment complex” (don’t call it a mall!) on the west side of their stadium.
Note the WEST side. You know, where Shea was.
I guess it would be good in that there would actually be somewhere to go before games…but the potential of covering the Shea markers makes me sad..and I wonder about the parking situation.
As for the east side…aka 126th…looks like the parking lots will be moving.
This first piece of development is meant to activate the entry to the stadium while also masking a 20-acre parking lot that will be paved behind it. This will facilitate the construction of Willets West because the plan is for the new million-square-foot complex to be built on the stadium’s current parking lots.
And this next piece of what I feel is science fiction really makes me laugh.
The new lot will be fitted with temporary ball fields and community space that will be available half the year, during the Met’s off-season and when the team is away on prolonged road trips. The developers are exploring whether this would be fields that could be driven on top of or temporary structures that need repeated installation, as happens at all-star games, the Super Bowl and similar events.
Riggggggghhhhhtttt….the Mets are out of town for a week, roll out the baseball fields so the kids can play.
Lest any of this worries you..
“This is a great asset for the team and for Queens,” Jeff Wilpon, executive vice-president for Sterling Equities said.
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