Four developers who are part of The Association for a better Long Island plan to joint together to develop the hub. They said that they are willing to do so with the Islanders part of the site or without them. This should come as no surprise to anyone, since the main reason this organization opposed the August 1 referendum was to get their hands on the hub.
The quartet -- which met with County Executive Edward Mangano last week -- plans to craft a plan to revamp the Nassau Hub, regardless of whether the New York Islanders stay at the Coliseum, said Garden City developer Vincent Polimeni.
"It could be a tremendous home run," Polimeni said of the plan, which will be formulated if and when a request for proposals to develop the site is filed by Nassau County.http://mobile.newsday.com/inf/infomo;JSESSIONID=DB8411570C8BCB184C1F.3220?site=newsday&view=business_item&feed:a=newsday_1min&feed:c=business&feed:i=1.3505257&part=0
Mangano will discuss his plans for the Hub at a meeting with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in the next two weeks, although he declined to elaborate. The county executive said last month that he would produce a new proposal in coming weeks.
"The clock is ticking," Mangano said. "We are at another crossroad to bring people together to build up the Hub."
Separately, the county issued an RFP last week to build an exposition center at nearby Mitchel Field in Uniondale .
Polimeni is partnering with Garden City developer Jan Burman, Syosset developer Ed Blumenfeld and Jericho developer Mark Hamer. All four are members of the Association for a Better Long Island, the real estate group that opposed a failed referendum last year to build a publicly funded Nassau Coliseum. Polimeni, Burman and Blumenfeld bid on the Coliseum property in 2005, but lost to New York Islanders owner Charles Wang .
" The Hub with the Islanders and with the Coliseum is a needed thing on Long Island," Blumenfeld said. "The Hub without the Islanders can be an economic engine also."
They accused Charles Wang of trying to pull a land grab on August 1st, but The Association for a Better Long Island was really the group attempting the land grab, with their all out attempts to prevent the arena deal. The sad part is that they might succeed and reap all the rewards of their plan.