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Source: Mets have not retained firm for Queens arena project
Although the Mets' interest in bringing the Islanders to Queens remains, there have been no new developments on the potential partnership. A report today stated the Mets had hired real estate firm Jones Lang LaSalle, but, according to a well-placed source, the Mets have no interest in bringing them into the project.
"They have not been hired and they will not be hired," the source said.
The report stated that the Mets were already working with the company -- which is also involved in the Madison Square Garden renovations -- "to strategize for a potential arena in Queens that would house the NHL's New York Islanders." In addition, the report also claimed that Jones Lang LaSalle had begun a feasibility study for the project.
"Totally fictitious," the source said.
As reported exclusively by Newsday last month, Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon said he wants to build an arena near Citi Field that could be used for the Islanders or a Major League Soccer team and that he had "positive discussions" with both Islanders owner Charles Wang and MLS Commissioner Don Garber about the project.
However, the source said that if the Mets embark on such an endeavor they will use the Wilpons' own real estate firm, Sterling Equities, to complete the task.
Sterling Project Development , a real estate company within Sterling Equities, oversaw the construction of Citi Field, which was completed both under budget and on time back in 2009.