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Garber: 'I am a Queens guy'
by Paul Kennedy, December 6th, 2012 1:02AM

TAGS:  mls


[MLS EXPANSION] MLS knows, down to the zip code, exactly where it wants to expand: 11355. MLS president Mark Abbott recently called Flushing Meadows-Corona Park "probably the most diverse community not just in New York City, not just the country, but arguably the world." On Tuesday, MLS Commissioner Don Garber and Abbott headed to Queens on Tuesday night for a town hall meeting held at the Queens Theatre to drum up support for the project.

MLS is set to put in motion plans to buy the land and build the stadium. Finding a potential owner to pay for everything should be the least of its worries.

How big a deal is this Queens soccer stadium? It is one of a handful of priority projects on a special list Mayor Michael Bloomberg's office is hoping to push through before his term ends in 14 months.

But the stadium project has still left some locals skeptical about its impact on the community.

"I am a Queens guy," Garber said. "Like many of you, my family, my parents, my grandparents came to this country and they moved to Queens. This is where I spent the majority of my childhood."

Garber and Abbott outlined the project -- detailing the 2,100 jobs it would create and $60 million in annual economic impact -- to a crowd of 500 that included members of the Borough Boys, the Queens' own supporters group.

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