Council members urge city to consider Willets Point tech proposal

TRD New York /
Jul.July 21, 2011 02:11 PM
Harvard graduate Jukay Hsu and the city’s plans for Willets Point

City Council members are encouraging the city to consider a Harvard University graduate’s plan for a so-called Silicon Valley 2.0 at Willets Point in Flushing. The city had previously dimissed Jukay Hsu’s proposal, saying that it strayed too far from the city’s plans for affordable housing near Citi Field, the New York Daily News reported.

Hsu said the area, in close proximity to the 7 train and LaGuardia Airport, presents the perfect opportunity for a university campus and space for tech startups.

Council member Dan Halloran called Hsu’s plan “phenomenal,” but said it wouldn’t be easy to convince the New York City Economic Development Corporation to change its strategy for the area.

A spokesperson for Council member Peter Koo said he and other Queens elected officials intend to meet with EDC officials in September to discuss the proposal.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is already actively seeking to bring a state-of-the-art engineering and applied sciences campus to the city. Earlier this week, he issued an official request for proposals relating to Applied Sciences NYC, his initiative to build or expand such a campus. [NYDN]


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