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The redevelopment plan, headed by Related Co. and Sterling Industries, will include a 1.4 million square-foot mall and apartments. Part of Flushing Meadows Park will become part of the development. Developers and NYC’s Economic Development Corporation say that land is currently a parking lot.Many in the community have been battling this proposal for months, saying small businesses will be pushed out and it’s too much of a giveaway to developers. Community leaders argued that the developers have not provided a plan that will benefit the community with jobs, affordable housing and more open space. Increased car traffic and overcrowding are also issues at hand, activists say.