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AP source: New deal for area near Mets stadium

Associated Press Modified: May 17, 2012 at 4:30 pm •  Published: May 17, 2012

The new agreement extends past that period, but the person speaking to the AP said that by the original end point of 2017, much would have been done including the vital first step of cleaning the area up and construction of some of the retail spaces.

The person said that in conversations with potential developers, it was made clear to the city that the way to make the area somewhere that people wanted to live was by building the retail and other commercial space initially, that "first you have to make it into a destination that people get used to visiting. Then over time you can convince people to come and live there."

The person speaking the AP said remediation could start in the area in early 2014.