Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced a historic agreement with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to build a state-of-the-art outpatient cancer treatment center on part of the parking area at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Upon completion, Memorial Sloan Kettering will employ approximately 250 clinical and administrative positions with an average annual salary and benefits package totaling $150,000.
County Executive Mangano stated, “The healthcare industry is Nassau’s number one employer, and Memorial Sloan Kettering’s desire to build its newest healthcare facility in Nassau will serve as a further building block to attracting healthcare-related research and development jobs to the County. Under terms of the agreement, Memorial Sloan Kettering commits to building synergies with surrounding educational institutions by offering clinical and administrative internships and other educational programs or opportunities, and will be part of the transformation that is taking place at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.”
The plan, submitted Tuesday to the County Legislature for approval, includes the sale of approximately five acres of land on the southwest portion of the Coliseum property. MSK’s plans include building a two-story, 105,000 square-foot facility, which may be later expanded to approximately 140,000 square -feet of building floor area, as well as an adjacent 450-space parking garage. Comprehensive adult oncology services are expected to include surgical, medical, and radiation oncology consultations, chemotherapy and radiation therapy, diagnostic radiology, and other specialized services such as clinical research trials, genetic counseling, pain management support, lymphedema therapy, survivorship services, social work, and nutrition counseling. The adjacent parking garage will be accessible to Coliseum and Plaza visitors at night and on weekends for events.
MSK is required to pay prevailing wage rates or enter into Project Labor Agreements (PLA) with the labor organizations hired to construct the facility. To protect the intent of the project, the agreement includes a use covenant and ensures the property reverts back to Nassau County under certain specific conditions, if the project fails to be used for healthcare-related purposes.
It must be noted, Nassau Events Center (NEC) will soon begin the transformation of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. NEC will invest $260 million in the arena and construct an entertainment complex surrounding the facility that includes restaurants, retail, a bowling alley, and movie theater. Nassau County will receive 8% of the gross revenue.