The owner who decided to move the New York Islanders off Long Island once its lease expires in June 2015 may play a role in filling the potential void left by the teams’ departure. County Executive Edward P. Mangano, developer Bruce Ratner, Isles owner Charles Wang and Don Monti of Renaissance Downtown think they have a plan in place to solve the developmental conundrum that is the Hub, which includes Nassau Coliseum.
The group announced a strategic “Reuse Plan” on Tuesday, Nov. 20 that reportedly will transform the Coliseum within the first half of 2013. Others have tried and failed where Ratner is venturing and the 77-acre site in Uniondale could become barren in three years once Wang departs for Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
The study will ultimately determine the cost of the yet-to-be-known plan, according to Mangano. His main concern is a 40-year-old, 18,000-seat empty building.
“This is a process to avoid a darkened Coliseum,” Mangano said. “With the news of the Islanders choosing to go to Barclays, that creates the possibility of a darkened Coliseum. That’s something I don’t want to see and that’s why we’re going down this path today.”
Ratner, for free, will advise the county on how to proceed to make the Coliseum economically viable to compete for concerts, sports venues and big-ticket events. Monti, founder of the Plainview-based real estate firm was named the master developer for the rest of the Hub site.
It is unclear what cost will be incurred to county taxpayers. Any public monies needed for the project would need to be approved by the county legislature.
“You have my personal commitment that we will hit the ground running,” Monti said. “I recognize that [Renaissance’s] selection represents a vote of confidence and I can assure that we will not take that responsibility lightly.”
Monti will work with RXR Realty, a firm that aligned with Wang to propose the failed $3.8 billion Lighthouse Project. Where Wang fits into the picture is unknown. He signed a 25-year lease with Ratner after announcing the Islanders would be moving to Brooklyn for the 2015-16 NHL season.
“When you’re dealt lemons, you make lemonade,” Mangano stated. “Here in this case, Charles [Wang] has made a decision to go to [the] Barclays. We continue to talk and maintain a relationship and this [plan] has come out of that.”
Mangano would not directly address any rumored animosity that Wang and he might have had for one another. The county executive would not reveal how he and Ratner met or where the idea originated.
“[Ratner] is a good corporate citizen and we’re thrilled to have him on the team to reinvent Nassau Coliseum,” said Mangano.
Wang was present, but declined to comment during the press conference. Mangano called the Marriot Hotel owner a “key stakeholder” and that “he cares about Long Island.” The hotel is adjacent to the arena, a space in which Wang has total control.
“We need to get something done with the Coliseum and there is no better person than Bruce to entrust for this project,” said Wang in a statement. “Bruce is a passionate individual with a proven track record. Once we have his road map, we must work together to bring this to fruition. There are too many jobs at stake and this is too important for Nassau County.”
Ratner successfully secured the New Jersey Nets and Islanders relocation to the Atlantic Avenue arena. While jokingly saying the Coliseum needed “spiffing up,” he affirmed it’s in need of a makeover.
“I’m hear to talk about the reuse of the Coliseum and our ability to put together a plan that we think will make a lot of sense and will work,” Ratner said. “In Brooklyn, we were able to put together a program and an arena that everybody feels is incredibly positive and helpful and our goal is to put together something here, which everybody will be proud of.”
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
The students at St. Paul the Apostle Preschool in Brookville displayed their masterpieces at the ninth annual Preschool Art Show and Auction Fundraiser. Each child created three pieces of artwork based on famous art by Monet, O’Keeffe, Haring, Pollock and more. The Parish hall was transformed into an art gallery and the proud students eagerly lead their parents and special guests through the display. Guests sipped punch and sampled appetizers and desserts while reflecting upon the school year and enjoying good company. St. Paul the Apostle Preschool is located on Route 107 in Brookville. For information about its preschool programs call 935-4127.
Saturday, 18 May 2013 00:00
An emergency addendum to hire a temporary substitute principal at Glen Cove High School was included on the agenda at last week’s board of education meeting.
Effective May 7, Roseann Cirnigliaro has taken over for Dr. Joseph Hinton, who will be out, due to illness, for the remainder of the school year. The board voted 7-0 to accept the recommendation to hire her for the position through June.
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
Rob Kormoski Junior Baseball & Softball League of Glen Cove will hold Glen Cove Mayor’s Trophy Team tryouts for the 2013 season on Sunday, May 19 at Campanella field. Eligible birth dates follow.
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Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
The third and fourth grade ‘Wee Knights’ took a road trip this week and played a determined Lindenhurst team. With a beautiful beach backdrop and on a new turf field, Glen Cove lost a tough one 7 – 3. Goal scorers for Glen Cove were Eammon Doyle with two and Will Feldmann with one. There were several positives to take away from this loss. The first is that the Knights came out from the first whistle and played tough trading goals with Lindenhurst despite playing with a smaller squad then usual due to prior commitments. Secondly, the Knights played solid defense. The players are using their lacrosse sticks to disrupt the other team, which is making the other team put the ball on the ground. Kelly Larkin, Daniel McFadden, Jaden Thom and Dominick Williams did a great job on defense.