A year ago, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano announced a referendum to build a new Nassau Coliseum, dubbed the Lighthouse Project. But the vote failed and Mangano has yet to come up with another plan to redevelop the arena and surrounding area. Here's a look at plans proposed over the past few years.
An artist's rendering of the proposed redevelopment of the 77-acre Nassau Hub. (Oct. 14, 2011)
Copy photo of a rendering shown by architecture firm Angelo Francis Corva & Associates during a meeting with the Association for a Better Long Island about redeveloping the area surrounding Nassau Coliseum. (Sept. 21, 2011)
An artist's rendering of the proposed arena that would replace the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. (August 1, 2011)
An artist's rendering of a winter scene at the proposed redeveloped Nassau Coliseum. (Oct. 13, 2009)
An artist's rendering of the proposed redevelopment of the Nassau Coliseum and the surrounding area. (May 18, 2009)
The Lighthouse Project
Perhaps the most controversial proposal for Long Island in recent history -- with passionate supporters and detractors -- the $3.8-billion project pitched by developer and Islanders owner Charles Wang initially would have included as its centerpiece a 60-story tower, with a beacon and an observation deck. It was scaled down, but still would have had enough retail, commercial and residential space to create a new mini city on 150 acres in the area around a would-be revamped Nassau Coliseum. The plan met its end when the Town of Hempstead in 2010 unveiled a zoning plan for the area that permits far less development and lower building heights. The Islanders have since moved to Brooklyn at the Barclays Center.
A rendering of the ball park for the proposed Nassau Coliseum redevelopment. (March 2006)
A rendering of the proposed baseball stadium as an adjunct to the Lighthouse Development Group's plan to develop the Nassau Coliseum and surrounding area. (March 9, 2006)
An artist's rendering of the entire Lighthouse Development Group's plan to redevelop the Nassau Coliseum and surrounding area. (March 9, 2006)
An artist's rendering of a joint venture by the New York Mets Development Corporation, Sterling Equities and Blumenfeld Development Group to redevelop the Nassau Coliseum and the surrounding area. (Sept. 30, 2005)
Rendering of the $ 300 million Nassau Coliseum Redevelopment with the potential for a minor league baseball stadium, proposed by The New York Mets Development Corp along with Sterling Equities and Blumenfeld Development Group on the site of the present Nassau Veterans Coliseum. (Sept. 30, 2005)