NYC council OKs National Tennis Center expansion

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Posted: Jul 24, 2013 5:11 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City Council has approved plans for a $500 million expansion of the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens.

The council voted 47-1 Wednesday to expand the site of the U.S. Open tennis championship.

The plan requires the 46-acre tennis center to annex a 0.68-acre parcel that is now city parkland in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Elected officials and parks advocates negotiated with the U.S. Tennis Association for concessions including more than $10 million for capital projects.

City Council member Julissa Ferreras said the USTA has also agreed to help start a nonprofit entity that will help fund Flushing Meadows. The body would be similar to the Central Park Conservancy.

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Ferreras says the deal means that neighborhood residents will all benefit from the tennis center's expansion.