Queens $500M Tennis Center expansion sees support at community board meeting

New York /
Feb.February 14, 2013 12:00 PM

Updated with comment for NYC Park Advocates, 3:07 p.m., Feb. 14: Plans to expand the U.S. Tennis Association’s National Tennis Center in Kew Gardens aced it at Tuesday’s Community Board 9 meeting, according to DNAinfo. The $500 million renovation proposal for the U.S. Open home garnered support from union workers, industry insiders and tennis fans after meeting opposition at the previous evening’s community board discussion.

The renovations grow the stadium complex by about one acre, adding 50 percent more seating to the Louis Armstrong Stadium for a total of 15,000 total seats and adding 2,000 seats to the Grandstand. The renovation will also add additional retail, administrative and parking spaces.

Rob MacKay, director of tourism at the Queens Economic Development Corporation, called the USTA “a great economic engine through job creation and visitor attraction.” He went on to argue that, “in Queens alone, the tournament is responsible for nearly 2,600 hotel room nights. This is a significant boost to our local economy, creating thousands of jobs.”

However, the plan is controversial and the previous evening’s meeting had been more contentious, according to DNAinfo. Opponents of the plan have argued that the expansion would destroy public parkland and axe hundreds of trees.

“Their [the USTA’s] new strategy is to parade the union construction trades, business representatives and people affiliated with the USTA, but no actual community support because the plan has none,”  Geoffrey Croft of NYC Park Advocates, told The Real Deal[DNAinfo]Christopher Cameron


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Matt Lauer exposes Hamptons estate to the market
Matt Lauer exposes Hamptons estate to the market
Matt Lauer exposes Hamptons estate to the market
 Fredrik Eklund and the property (Getty, Steve Frankel)
Fredrik Eklund lists Bel Air mansion for rent as family moves to “forever home”
Fredrik Eklund lists Bel Air mansion for rent as family moves to “forever home”
Gordon Ramsey and his Lucky Cat restaurant (Lucky Cat)
Gordon Ramsay to open first South Florida restaurant in Miami Beach
Gordon Ramsay to open first South Florida restaurant in Miami Beach
Prologis CEO Hamid Moghadam and CFO Tom Olinger (Prologis, iStock)
Supply-chain crisis likely to persist well beyond 2022: Prologis
Supply-chain crisis likely to persist well beyond 2022: Prologis
Uptown ATX (Brandywine Realty Trust)
$24M metro station for $3B Texas development breaks ground
$24M metro station for $3B Texas development breaks ground
“WeCrashed,” starring Jared Leto as Adam Neumann, is set to premiere on March 18 (Wikipedia, Getty Images)
Watch: Apple drops first trailer for WeWork series starring Jared Leto
Watch: Apple drops first trailer for WeWork series starring Jared Leto
A photo illustration of the Rowan Condominium at 21-31 31st Street in Astoria, Queens (RockFarmer Properties, Lincoln Market)
RockFarmer’s Queens condo property inks 20-year lease for grocery chain
RockFarmer’s Queens condo property inks 20-year lease for grocery chain
Grammy winner Pharrell Williams and David Grutman of Groot Hospitality (Getty Images, Groot Hospitality, TripAdvisor)
Pharrell, David Grutman teaming up on 400-key Bahamas resort
Pharrell, David Grutman teaming up on 400-key Bahamas resort
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...