State officials Monday will release a long-awaited request for proposals to develop Belmont Park with retail, entertainment, sports and hospitality options — leaving the door open for an expected bid by the New York Islanders to return to Nassau and construct a new hockey arena.
The RFP, obtained by Newsday, provides developers less than two months to place a bid to develop up to 43 acres of vacant land at the state-run park in Elmont.
“Belmont Park represents an exciting and much-anticipated development opportunity on Long Island,” said Howard Zemsky, president and chief executive of Empire State Development, the state business agency that will evaluate the bids. “We encourage respondents to submit creative proposals that stimulate vibrant community and economic growth in the region.”
Among the expected, and most high-profile bidders, are the Islanders, who are considering opting out of a 25-year license agreement to play at Barclays Center in Brooklyn after only two seasons.
The RFP stipulates that among the potential recreational uses that would be considered are sports fields and an “indoor recreation facility.”
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