By Eden Laikin
A third Business Group has said they support Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano’s plan to create a state-of-the-art sports entertainment destination center at Nassau’s Hub, calling it a critical step towards the future redevelopment of the area.
The Vision Long Island Board and its Executive Director Eric Alexander today endorsed the County Executive’s plan and unveiled their vision for the future of the HUB, which includes housing and commercial office space.
Alexander said the project – one of the largest on Long Island – would create over 3,000 new jobs at a time “when our residents need them the most.”
“Once these seeds for redevelopment of the property have been planted, Vision Long Island, in partnership with local community leaders and businesses, wants to see future phases including mixed use development with housing, retail, office space and other amenities,” Alexander said.
Nassau County’s lease agreement with the arena operator maintains the County’s development rights. As such, the Nassau County Office of Economic Development is currently accepting development proposals for the property.
County Executive Mangano said that before we can develop the property surrounding Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, we must build a new sports-entertainment arena and ballpark.
“The support of Vision Long Island shows just how significant the redevelopment of the Nassau Coliseum is to our residents and businesses,” Mangano said. “The creation of a sports-entertainment destination will provide affordable family-entertainment for our residents, generate much needed revenue for our local businesses and help put our residents back to work.”
This year marks the 50th anniversary since Nassau County took over ownership of Mitchel Field Air Force Base, which was named after former New York City Mayor John Purroy Mitchel. Mayor Mitchel was killed while training for the Air Service in Louisiana.