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Willets Point Demolition Continues as More Body Shops Are Torn Down

By Katie Honan | January 25, 2017 11:46am
 Willets Point demolition continues to move forward with more shops torn down.
Willets Point demolition continues to move forward with more shops torn down.
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CORONA — Another section of Willets Point has been demolished as the city continues razing auto body shops that have populated the area for decades.

The section along 126th Street, between 37th and 36th avenues, was torn down at the beginning of the month, according to city records.

It's part of the first phase of redevelopment for the former Iron Triangle, which will eventually include residential and commercial buildings as part of a project from the Queens Development Group, a joint venture between Sterling Equities and the Related Companies.

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Many shops are still open inside the neighborhood, but the plan calls for the full demolition of the blocks surrounding it. An environmental remediation is also required before any construction can begin.

After the first phase of demolition was completed over the summer, a spokesman said they anticipated most demolition to be completed by early 2017.

A spokesman with the Economic Development Corporation, which is overseeing the project, did not immediately reply to an email requesting comment. A timeline of environmental work has not been released.