Citi Field Casino Plan is in competition with the community group

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A proposed casino project next to Citi Field is facing an alternative proposal from community groups. [Image:]

Billionaire Steve Cohen’s vision to develop a site next to his New York Mets’ Citi Field into a casino resort and entertainment complex is facing resistance from an alternative proposal.

Local community groups are coming together to support the idea of ​​transforming the area into a 65-acre parkland called Phoenix Meadows. It is still in the early planning stages and therefore needs the support of local legislators and financial resources.

Although the area is vacant, it is currently designated as a public park. Cohen is trying to change this to allow for the development of a casino resort. New York has three commercial casino licenses available in New York State; Cohen is fighting for one of them.

Concerns about increased traffic, crime and addiction

Community groups say the Phoenix Meadows plan would improve residents’ quality of life and also support the local economy. Locals are worried about more traffic, crime and addiction if a Hard Rock casino comes to the Flushing Meadows area.

Local Senator Jessica Ramos, who holds great power in the project approval process, remains undecided. The Queens politician has held three town hall meetings on the issue and is reportedly nearing her final decision on whether or not to support the casino plan.


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