August Groundbreaking Expected for Coliseum Transformation, Cinema, Restaurants, Retail and Recreation
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray today announced that Nassau Events Center (NEC) has submitted a Conceptual Master Plan to the Town. Phase I of the project, estimated to break ground in August 2015, includes transformation of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum into a world-class arena as well as renovation of the facility’s Exhibition Hall into the Filmore Theatre – a center for performing arts. Additionally, Phase I includes Plaza construction of a 1,500 seat cinema with restaurant, entertainment and recreation space, themed restaurants, retail, a veterans memorial and a new home for Island Garden Basketball. NEC is responsible for all construction, renovation and maintenance costs at the Coliseum and Plaza.
County Executive Mangano stated, “Nassau County is one step closer to transforming the Hub into an economic generator that creates and retains new jobs along with a vibrant, attractive destination for Long Islanders and those visiting our region. Our vision for the Hub will strategically grow Nassau County’s economy by transforming the current cement jungle surrounding the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum into a sports-entertainment destination with employers that complement existing educational and healthcare institutions, financial companies and research and development.”
Under the Conceptual Master Plan, the size of the Coliseum remains unchanged. Accordingly, the new seating capacity can be expanded to current size. The Conceptual Master Plan also positions the County to attract additional employers adjacent to the Coliseum that complement existing educational institutions, financial companies and research and development. In the weeks ahead, County Executive Mangano will advance plans for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to occupy 200,000 square feet of property at the Hub. This Phase II development brings 250 good-paying jobs, with an average salary of $150,000 annually to the property while serving as an anchor to attract research and development institutions.
“Hempstead Town has set a high standard for making the development review process more efficient by creating a forward-looking building construction zone and by pro-actively furnishing clear information on our zone’s requirements to developers,” said Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray. “As a result, our Town Board is ready and eager to review NEC’s Conceptual Master Plan for this valuable Uniondale site.”
The Conceptual Master Plan offers a vision for the Hub beyond Phase II of the project. This vision includes designated areas of the property for office/medical/R&D space, recreation/entertainment/convention space, retail, hotels and parking garages. Traffic studies and environmental reviews have been conducted to ensure success is achieved in transformation of the Hub into a job-generating economic engine for Nassau County.
“Today’s submittal to the town of Hempstead brings us one step closer to beginning work on the redevelopment of the Coliseum site. I want to thank Town Supervisor Kate Murray for working closely with us to get to this moment,” said Bruce Ratner, Executive Chairman of Forest City Ratner Companies. “We look forward to beginning construction in the near future so that we can bring all Long Island residents the reimagined venue they truly deserve.”