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11-20-2012, 09:05 AM
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Originally Posted by Steve55 View Post

A development team headed by Donald Monti of Plainview-based Renaissance Downtowns has been chosen to redevelop the 77 acres surrounding the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, according to officials familiar with the plan.

Brooklyn Barclays Center developer Bruce Ratner has also been selected to assess the aging Coliseum and provide an optimization report to the county on how to best market the facility, officials said.

The development group headed by Monti includes RXR Realty, Jones Lang Lasalle and Woodbury-based Spector Group. Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano was expected to unveil the plan on Tuesday, the officials said.

The group will serve as master planner and architect for a proposed mixed-use development featuring a research and development campus, corporate offices and some retail space. Other developers who were vying for the project included Syosset-based Blumenfeld Development Group, Baldassano Architecture in Patchogue and Breslin Realty in Garden City.

While there is no housing envisioned in the current plan, sources said the redevelopment will tie into Renaissance Downtown’s revitalization of 26 acres of downtown Hempstead, which includes housing.

Renaissance spokesman Brandon Palanker and a Mangano spokeswoman declined comment.

Ratner and the Barclays Center recently lured Charles Wang and the New York Islanders from the Coliseum to Brooklyn beginning in 2015 when the team’s lease with the county ends. Wang and Ratner announced the arrangement about a month ago.

I think it's now fair to say Ratner will try to assist Wang in breaking to Isles lease to Nassau a few years early.

Until your last line, I was wondering why Ratner was getting involved.

It'll be interesting to see if the pols can put their partisan politics aside, now that they've lost their only pro team.

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