NY Soccer Stadium Faces Hurdles Despite Prominent Backers

By Kaitlin Ugolik (August 15, 2012, 8:44 PM EDT) -- Major League Soccer's plans to build a new $300 million, 25,000-seat soccer-only stadium in Queens got a boost from Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week, but legal experts say a slew of obstacles remain before soccer fans can expect to visit a new venue.

Local politicians have been touting the proposed deal publicly, and while a rumor floating around the New York real estate press says construction could start as early as next year, land use and development attorneys with stadium experience say getting through the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure could take much longer.

"It would probably...

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