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Historic Willets Point affordable community breaks ground in Queens

On December 20th, Related and Queens Development Group (QDG) partner Sterling Equities joined New York City Mayor Eric Adams, city elected officials and community leaders for the groundbreaking ceremony of phase one at Willets Point. With construction kicking off more than one year ahead of schedule, Willets Point's phase one will build and deliver 880 affordable homes in Queens, eventually totaling more than 2,500 residences that will provide much-needed affordable housing for the city. Alongside the historic commitment to affordable housing, which will stand as the city's largest 100 percent affordable housing development in over 40 years, Willets Point will also introduce additional resources and economic opportunities to locals. The Willets Point neighborhood will feature important infrastructure updates—including new streets, signage, sidewalks, curbs and trees—a 650-seat standalone public school, New York City’s first-ever soccer-specific stadium, a 250-room hotel, over 100,000 square feet of open space and community-serving retail. The development is also expected to produce $6.1 billion in economic impact over 30 years, generating 1,550 permanent and 14,200 construction jobs that will create long-term opportunities for New Yorkers.