A long-delayed sports and medical complex in Kings Park received a boost Thursday when Suffolk County granted tax breaks and bond financing to the $47 million project.
The county’s Industrial Development Agency awarded $1.8 million in tax incentives to a proposed 50,000-square-foot medical office building. Most of the benefit will come from a property tax savings of $1.1 million over 15 years, or 28% reduction.
The office building will only house businesses engaged in sports medicine and rehabilitation, including, possibly, urgent care provider ProHealth Care, according to project attorney Daniel P. Deegan.
The $11.8 million building will be on a former sand mine at 350 Old Northport Rd. At least 100 people will work there, earning $127,000 per year, on average, records show.
Besides the medical office, the developers want to build 12 athletic fields, an indoor recreation facility and potentially another medical office.
The developers are Prospect Sports Partners LLC of Manhattan and the nonprofit Agape Community Sports Services Inc. of San Antonio, Texas.
Kenneth Henderson, who owns 11% of Prospect, said Thursday the project will attract the youth tournaments of sports traveling teams as well as expand the participation of low-income children in soccer and other sports. He said the complex, called Destination KP, will attract 850,000 people a year.
“Long Island will now have the ability to host large-scale tournaments,” Henderson told the IDA board, adding 235 people will work at the facility.
Prospect first proposed the project in 2014 but soon faced opposition from nearby homeowners, and disputes over the amount of sand it excavated from the property and rent payments to the property owner.
Suffolk Legis. Robert Trotta (R-Fort Salonga) said Thursday that he supports Destination KP but has received complaints about excessive sand mining.
The project has attracted the attention of one of the world’s best-known soccer clubs, FC Barcelona, for a potential training facility for thousands of local boys and girls, according to Agape vice president David Starr.
He said the charity wants to construct the athletic fields to provide recreation for low-income kids and jobs for the unemployed. For these reasons and others, he said Agape qualifies for tax-exempt bond financing from the county’s Economic Development Corp.
Minutes after the IDA meeting adjourned, the development corporation approved issuing up to $38 million in tax-free bonds for the sports fields and recreation building. The agencies share the same board.
IDA executive director Anthony J. Catapano said the sports complex is near an ice rink, tennis courts and two parks. He said, “The area will become a center of sports and athletic activity.”