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Lighthouse project zoning hearing LIVE
Greetings New York Islanders fans and other interested parties. Today is the big day as it pertains to the Lighthouse project. The Hempstead Town Board is holding a hearing to determine how far it is willing to stretch the zoning code to accommodate the monumental development proposal from Islanders owner Charles Wang and developer Scott Rechler.
I will be blogging live from the hearing, which is supposed to begin at 9:30 a.m. in the John Cranford Adams Playhouse at Hofstra University. So check here around starting time for updates on who’s saying what. Seven board members will have a chance to question Wang, Rechler and their consultants. The public can also let its voice be heard during the day.
In the interactive box below, you will be able to read the updates and also send your comments as the proceedings unfold.
Of course, for Islanders fans, the big issue is that Wang has threatened to move the team if he doesn’t get approval for the project. But there are larger issues other than sports up for discussion. This hearing intends to get into the details of what exactly can be built on the 150 acres in Hempstead that are included in the proposal.
Two stories from Tuesday’s Newsday provide some useful background information. This one describes the $3.8-billion proposal and what will likely be discussed during the hearing (height of buildings is a big one). And this story delves into the interesting dynamic that has the Islanders playing a preseason game tonight in Kansas City, a possible relocation site, on the same day of the hearing. The dueling events drip with political posturing.