Long Island Village Sues To Stop Belmont Park Redevelopment

Sophia Hall
September 10, 2019 - 6:06 pm
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FLORAL PARK, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — A lawsuit was filed Tuesday to stop the redevelopment of Belmont Park.

According to WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall, the Village of Floral Park is looking for a judge to intervene and stop the $1.3 billion project to essentially rebuild Belmont Park.

The mayor of the village tells Newsday that while he is not against redevelopment completely, the quality of life for residents will be greatly impacted because of the project's size. He believes it should be significantly smaller.

“Whatever happens, it should never, ever, ever affect the quality of life and the life we’ve chosen to live here on Long Island,” he told the paper.

The spokesperson for Empire State Development, which is handling the project, says the development plan has gone through a transparent, public process over multiple years and has adhered to all requirements under state law.

The project includes a new 19,000-seat New York Islanders arena, upscale restaurants, a hotel and a new Long Island Rail Road station.

Groundbreaking is set for October with a ribbon cutting to be held in 2021.