Report: Belmont Park Arena Project Delayed; Extended Environmental Review In The Works

by | 02.21.2019 | 5:36pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, with entertainer Billy Joel, were on hand for December 2017 announcement that a hockey arena would be built on a parcel of Belmont Park

The start of a $1.18 billion project to build a New York Islanders arena, hotel, and retail space at Belmont Park has been delayed, according to a report from the Long Island Business News this week. State officials say they have an “enormous number” of public comments to sort through and that an extended environmental review should take place before work begins.

Construction had been set to start in May.

Arena developers have been asked to kick in $1.2 million toward the environmental review.

Additionally, the public has submitted more than 2,000 letters in opposition to the project. Among many considerations: whether the track's Long Island Rail Road station will remain open full-time to serve the new area, and who will shoulder that cost, which is estimated at $300 million.

Read more at Long Island Business News

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