← Back to Events

New Home Turf: Willets Point

Event Public Works
April 2nd, 2024
9:00am - 11:00am
77 Water Street, New York, NY, USA

Andrew Kimball is President & CEO of New York City Economic Development Corporation, where he leads NYCEDC’s work growing an innovative and inclusive economy for all New Yorkers. Prior to his appointment in 2022, Andrew served as the CEO of Industry City, where he directed the transformation of the long-underutilized industrial facility in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Under his leadership, Industry City invested over $450 million in infrastructure and place-making initiatives, and grew thousands of jobs and hundreds of businesses, ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies. Andrew previously served as President and CEO of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, overseeing the transformation of the 300-acre former Naval ship-building facility into a national model for the creation of innovation-economy jobs, sustainability, and community partnerships.

Join us for a breakfast presentation on the development of Willets Point with Andrew Kimball.

The development of Willets Point is one of New York City’s most ambitious plans in the last forty years. The nearly 23-acre city-owned site is planned to house 2,500 units of 100% affordable housing, new infrastructure to combat future flooding, and the city’s first soccer stadium that hopes to expand local jobs and recreation.

We will hear from Andrew Kimball, President and CEO of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, who will discuss the agency’s vision for creating a new mixed-use neighborhood in Willets Point.

How can urban design and neighborhood planning bolster housing and economic opportunity for New Yorkers?

Guest & Accessibility Policies

Urban Design Forum promotes conversations between invited civic leaders, designers, developers, and advocates. This event is open to Forum Fellows and their guests.

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals to engage fully.

  • The venue will have an entrance and elevators that are ADA-accessible.
  • This event will have microphones and speakers.
  • If you’re not feeling well, please stay home. Face masks are encouraged, particularly if you have been recently exposed to colds, flus, or other illness. If you have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days, a high-quality, well-fitting face covering is required at all times.
  • Please refrain from wearing strong fragrances to accommodate guests with allergies or environmental sensitivities.
  • If you have additional needs, we will do our best to accommodate. Please contact rsvp@urbandesignforum.org.
About Public Works

Public Works is a new discussion series to drive civic dialogue around new and forthcoming built environment projects in New York City. Throughout the year, we invite government officials and private sector leaders to present design and development initiatives that shape the public good.  Our goal is to create an open and collegial venue for deeper conversation between the public sector and our network of civic leaders building, caring for, and maintaining our city.

Support Our Work

This program is made possible through the support of our Board of DirectorsDirector’s CircleCompany Members, Global Circle, and our Campaign for Courageous Leadership, as well as our individual members through membership dues. 

Urban Design Forum programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

To learn more about supporting Public Works, please contact Miranda Bellizia, miranda@urbandesignforum.org.

Photo Credit: Queens Development Group/S9 Architecture

Comments are closed.