Krista McNallyMar 22, 2018, 8:33 pm

Belmont Park developers listen to residents’ concerns for environmental impact study

The site would include a 19,000-seat arena that would house the NY Islanders

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ELMONT — Developers of the Belmont Park Redevelopment Project collected information from residents to include in the environmental impact study on Thursday night.

Elmont residents who live nearby the proposed project attended the meeting at the Elmont Library to voice their concerns about the site which would also act as the new home for the New York Islanders.

"There are thousands of children that play in the playground behind the school and the hotel and proposed power plant that is extremely dangerous. The additions that we just proposed in February is just something that the community is not going to stand for," Floral Park resident Kristen Flood said,

On the 43 acres at Belmont, developers are looking to have a 19,000-seat arena, a 250-room hotel, 435,000 feet of retail space, 8.5 acres of public space, 3,700 parking spaces, and 10,000 feet of community space.

Richard Brown, the managing partner of Sterling Project Development and the development manager for NY Arena Partners, says the arena itself is 50 percent designed at this point.

There will be a public Q & A session at the Elmont Library with the developmental team on April 24, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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