Official: Casino pitch 2 years old, inactive

A spokesman for the Queens Development Group, the joint venture between Sterling Equities and Related Companies to redevelop land near Citi Field, noted the casino proposal cited in today's Post was an "initial concept" from 2011 and is not an active plan.

"An initial concept submitted two years ago floated the possibility of Indian gaming and was dismissed by the city," the statement from Queens Development Group said. "Our plans for Willets Point DO NOT include an Indian or commercial casino, which is illegal. Even if it were legal, it would not be allowed under the environmental process we are undertaking and our agreement with the City prohibits this use.

"The $3 billion investment we are making in Willets Point will clean up land that has experienced a century of environmental contamination and will result in a mixed-use community that will create thousands of jobs, affordable housing and significant economic activity for the area."