'Flexible' Coliseum zoning plan approved
The board approved a new mixed-use zone district for the site following a public hearing. The zoning provides a framework for development of the 5.4 million square feet surrounding the Coliseum, officials said.
"We needed to take an unprecedented step of having a zone created for this site that will accommodate reasonable and balanced development around the Coliseum," Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray said.
The new plan allows a variety of prospective uses -- residential, retail, entertainment, parking, office, hotel, restaurant or a new or refurbished Coliseum -- but no casino. A developer must choose at least two uses per parcel, and there are six parcels in the site, officials said. The plan also requires that 3 percent of the site be used as noncommercial open space.
Mixed-use, office and most other structures cannot be more than four stories high. The plan allows for 500 homes no more than three stories high, some affordable housing, and a maximum height restriction on hotels of 100 feet or 10 stories.
The plan includes roadways that incorporate bicycle lanes and pedestrian walkways, and it "contemplates" a reconfigured interchange at the intersection of Meadowbrook Parkway and Hempstead Turnpike.
"We don't want to see a Coliseum and an empty parking lot," he said at the meeting.