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Mall proposed for Citi Field parking lots

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The New York Mets are proposing a 1.4-million-square-foot shopping mall on the parking lots to the east of Citi Field, and have received some important endorsements for the project.

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall endorsed the project yesterday:

Marshall gave her solid blessing to the 1.4-million-square-foot shopping mall on what is currently the baseball stadium parking lot — though Marshall did add some caveats.

Marshall, mirroring Community Board 7, called for local hiring benchmarks and increased input as the development moves forward.

But she loves the overall idea of the project — a joint venture by Sterling Equities and the Related Co. — saying it would “allow transformation of a blighted and underutilized area into a vibrant full time retail, entertainment and residential community.”

The proposal is entering the final stretch; the City Planning Commission will hold a hearing to discuss the proposal Wednesday, and approval is expected.

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