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Nassau Brings in Barclays Developer for Coliseum Property

Forest City Ratner Companies tapped to transform Coliseum; sports alternatives to be considered in redesign.

Nassau County announced Tuesday its plans to "reinvent" the Nassau Coliseum by bringing in Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC), the same developer responsible for Brooklyn's Barclay's Center.

The project to develop the dated Coliseum recently took on an added dimension after the New York Islanders announced plans to relocate some 25 miles west to the same Barclays Center at the beginning of the 2015-16 NHL season.

Bruce Ratner, Chairman and CEO of FCRC, joined Islanders owner Charles Wang and County Executive Ed Mangano to announce the FCRC's plan to create a strategic Reuse Plan for the Coliseum to help transform the venue into becoming what the county described in a press release as "an attractive, state-of-the-art destination for sports and entertainment."

"We need to get something done with the Coliseum and there is no better person than Bruce to entrust for this project," Wang said. "... Once we have his road map, we must work together to bring this to fruition. There are too many jobs at stake and this is too important for Nassau County."

The plan, which will be completed within the first half of 2013, will consider "sports alternatives as an integral part of the ultimate redesign," according to a release.

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Mangano also announced Tuesday the selection of a Master Developer Team, led by Renaissance Downtown, for the purpose of coordinating development on the 77-acre Coliseum site.

"In the weeks and months to come I believe the development community will be excited by the potential of what Bruce, Charles and our team all bring to the table. We envision a solution that creates investment and makes the Hub the destination that we so desperately need for Long Island," said Don Monti, President of Renaissance Downtown.

The Islanders had spent more than a decade trying to land a new arena on Long Island before announcing the move to Brooklyn following the 2014-15 season when the team's lease at the Coliseum expires.

hank ratner November 20, 2012 at 11:22 PM
Bruce will do a BANG UP job for the Coliseum! Great move!
Patrick November 21, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Day late and many, many, many dollars short. Nothing like paying another person money to "redesign" something again. Or is Bruce going to do his work pro-bono? I would think not. More taxpayer dollars flushed. Here is a news flash, what sports franchise would even consider relocating to a place that just lost a franchise because they refused to rebuild. Great thinking Ed, and all the rest, way to try to cover your tracks, and your behinds.
Robert Demarco November 21, 2012 at 02:26 AM
Good idea, but will Kate Murray and her zoning people approve? She apparently holds the cards, and she only plays when it suits her.
paul November 21, 2012 at 03:46 AM
Yeah... Great idea for sure by bringing in Forest City Ratner Companies.... Finally, some brains from the city will be working on the project. Sorry Kate they owe you NOTHING....... and probably will not tolerate you or nonsence from the BZA........... They are smart business people from NYC.... YEAH....
George Mulligan November 21, 2012 at 10:17 AM
Too bad they didn't bring in Ratner before the Islanders decided to bolt the Coliseum.
Alice November 21, 2012 at 10:35 AM
This is good, jobs, plus something rather than malls to spend money. Familes have some place safe to go. Think of the future, others never thought. We have to save LI. Our teams might come back and no travel into the city.
david November 21, 2012 at 01:15 PM
a little to late wang bolts then has a hand in rebuilding coliseum amazing to much to late mangano chokes again.
david November 21, 2012 at 01:16 PM
the bobbenseacail ravings of a lunatic mind
Frank T November 21, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Did anyone tell Mangano that the Islanders are moving to Brooklyn?
S.M. November 21, 2012 at 02:46 PM
I don't get it. It's too late. Get Kate "Fat" Murray out of office and maybe something will get done around here.
S.M. November 21, 2012 at 02:48 PM
...and totally backwards. Par for the course in these parts.
robert November 21, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Horayyy!! Lets spend some more taxpayer dollars on yet another Mangano folly!
alice November 21, 2012 at 09:03 PM
I think the ones who want to work on our project in Uniondale is smarter than most. I'm Over 65 pay school taxes and no where else to go. I'm not wealthly enough to have a second home. LI been my home for about 50 yrs.. So all who reject must not live in the poor part of Wantagh. Think if you have intelligence think!.
alice November 21, 2012 at 09:06 PM
ok then you will never know what Long Island should really be like--After Sandy wake up!
cd125 November 21, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Build a new football stadium and bring the jets back.
david curran November 21, 2012 at 10:41 PM
way to little and very late!!!!!!
James November 21, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Gimme a break like that will really happen
Mike Karlsson November 22, 2012 at 12:28 PM
maybe the Islanders should relocate the farm team to Nassau from Bridgeport so we can actually watch some hockey
Harry Oswald November 24, 2012 at 01:00 PM
A minor league hockey team- from a four time cup winner to this. Time to leave. LI
BOb November 24, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Never have been a Fan of Charles Wang. He never had the best interests of the Islanders OR their fans at heart. I get infuriated every time he goes on WFAN and pleads innocent. He wanted a MINICITY. It was never about an arena or the Islanders. Why is he even involved with this if the Islanders are moving?
Jacksonian Democrat November 24, 2012 at 02:16 PM
I cannot comprehend how anyone who cares about this issue could vote for a Nassau Republican.
Wakeupamerica November 24, 2012 at 03:02 PM
All you dumb liberals ranting on this forum about taxes should go next door to the coliseum, take a basic economics course at 1 of the 2 colleges. TAXES would go up $38 per house hold per year for 1 year to create something that would bring in 400 million dollars in revenue and create 4500 jobs, in turn creating massive money for the county! The only people to blame is Nassau county itself for blocking this project for 10 yrs and to drive the islanders to move. GOOD JOB !!!!!!!!!
Wakeupamerica November 24, 2012 at 03:07 PM
JACKSONIAN I see you lack education on this topic! The DEMOCRATS that blocked this project 3 times!
Brent M. November 24, 2012 at 03:39 PM
I agree.. let them bring in the Barclays developer!! Ill pay an extra $38 a year to see more jobs and buisnesses open up on Hempstead turnpike.. but do NOT let Kate Murray take the all the press on this!! Atleast they are doing something to make the coliseum better
SSHS87_MENCH November 24, 2012 at 03:40 PM
A little to late. Now I will have to go to Brooklyn to watch my NY Rangers play as opposed to Uniondale. Well, at least i can go to Juniors for some food prior to the game. Great Pastrami and the best cheescake on the planet. I only go to about 4 Islanders game a year, each time they play my beloved Rangers. As all Rangers fan know, it's easier to get a ticket to and Islanders game as opposed to the Garden. This project will NEVER get approved. The coliseum will be a vacant lot 365 days a year not when the Isanders leave as opposed to the few sell outs when the Rangers play.
NorthShoreGuy November 24, 2012 at 05:56 PM
I've been thinking that bringing in a minor league team would be great for some time. For those of you who were too young to have seen the minor league teams, The Rovers, The Ducks, and finally The Cougars play the long gone Commack Arena, you don't know how much fun you are missing- and at an AFFORDABLE ticket price I might add. If the priceing was right, and with the enthusiam for hockey on LI, I'll bet they could sell out every game! There'd still be plenty of local NHL competition to go around, and maybe- just maybe- afamily of 4 could afford to go out and have a great time for under $100!
KP LIslander November 28, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Maybe it's me, but I seem to be missing something here. Mangano announced plans to "reinvent" the Nassau Coliseum by bringing in Forest City Ratner Companies, the same developer responsible for Barclay's Center. This is "to help transform the venue into becoming what the county described as 'an attractive, state-of-the-art destination for sports & entertainment.' " Really? Mangano is doing this NOW, after Wang's hand was forced by the TOH & Nassau County & was left with no choice but to move? Why now? Why couldn't this have been considered BEFORE Wang was left with no option but to move to Brooklyn? How is that going to be paid for? And how would the manner in which this is to be paid for now be any different vs. how such a course of action would have been funded with the Isles kept in place in Uniondale? I don't get it. I would really like to see the media ensure making it a point to highlight this valid & legitimate aspect in order for this to be rightly addressed as it should be & not glossed over, minimized, trivialized & conveniently brushed under the rug. What a bunch of f&^%ing short-sighted baffoons trying to cover their a$$ in vain. Yet more of the same nonsense from the same inept, dysfunctional gov't officials being paid by the taxpayer. Mind boggling & unbelievable. Pathetic. And unconscionable that they even have the temerity to act as though they are not complicit or culpable, as if they have done nothing wrong. A-WH()Le$
Robert Demarco November 28, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Led by Kate Murray, TOH Supervisor, who vetoed Wang's proposal, which would have cost the taxpayers NOTHING, based on antiquated zoning issues. We need 21st century thinking, not 1950's ideas, Kate.
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