$2 million sought for Nassau Hub infrastructure

The Nassau Coliseum is seen from the roof The Nassau Coliseum is seen from the roof of the Marriott Hotel in Uniondale. (July 14, 2011) Photo Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas

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The Nassau Hub, including the 77 acres surrounding Nassau Coliseum, could receive $2 million for infrastructure improvements from the state, if the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council's recommendations issued Tuesday are upheld.

The council this week released an updated report recommending new funding for a variety of projects, including the Coliseum property in Uniondale, which was labeled as one of six projects of "regional significance" Island-wide.

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The other regionally significant projects include the Belmont Racetrack property, the Glen Cove waterfront,  Cerro Wire in Syosset, the Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant site and EPCAL in Calverton.

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano is in the process of choosing a "master developer" for the Hub site. Plainview developer Donald Monti, Syosset developer Ed Blumenfeld and Patchogue architect Baldassano Architecture are vying for the job.

"We're trying to be supportive of County Executive Mangano's efforts to redevelop the Hub,"  said Kevin Law, the co-vice chairman of the local council. "It's going to need infrastructure improvements for any significant development there."

Law, who also heads the Long Island Association, the region's largest business group, said he hopes future development at the Hub will include the New York Islanders. Islanders owner Charles Wang has said he will not stay at the current arena past 2015, when his lease expires.

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"I welcome the council's support of this important economic development project," Mangano said in a statement. "The $2 million will assist the county with important infrastructure improvements."

Other projects recommended for funding included Winthrop-University Hospital, which hopes to construct a research institute in the village of Mineola; the Broad Hollow Bioscience Park, which wants to expand a new Stony Brook Center for Biomedicine, and sewer repairs and reconstruction in the Village of Hempstead, where Monti is master developer. The Ronkonkoma Hub and Wyandanch Rising are among the projects that were recommended for additional funds beyond the money they won last year.

The council's recommendations now go to the state, where Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will make final funding determinations. The region is up for an award of $25 million in capital improvements.

Pictured above: The Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale. (July 14, 2011)

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