Nassau HUB Developers Unveil New Plans for Project

Nassau HUB Developers BSE Global and RXR Realty have announced new plans for the project.

The first phase of the project is expected to begin by the end of 2019 and will build out 72 acres surrounding the coliseum to create a residential and commercial district.  This will include 500 housing units, 600,000 square feet of office and biotech research space, and 200,000 square feet of retail.  The developers have also laid out a time line for the project that includes outreach for the local community, legislative approval, and state funding.  Plans have also been revealed for two new hotels on the site located on the Uniondale property. 

The Nassau Legislature will hold a public meeting on November 27th to discuss an amended lease agreement that will allow the project to move forward.  A vote could be held as early as December and, if approved, would lead to the construction of two parking garages, new medical or research buildings, and some entertainment options. BSE and RXR are taking lessons from the past and have pledged to work from the ground up to build community support for the project.  Part of that will include holding meetings with local officials, civic and religious groups, school districts, and business leaders.

“This process is designed to succeed,” said RXR CEO and Chairman Scott Rechler. “We are accepting the [Town of Hempstead’s] low-density zoning and are flexible with the community. This is not a ‘take it or leave it’ strategy.”

However, future plans will rely on the County securing state funding for portions of the project.  Some monies have already been secured for parking and to bring modern medical research facilities to the area.  Though some of the plans changed, the funding is still there including $20 million that Nassau plans to use to help lure an anchor life sciences firm.  An additional $20 million is being sought for three new pedestrian bridges to the site as well as a further $10 to $20 million to create a bus rapid transit system. 

The BRT would connect the HUB with Mineola and Hempstead LIRR stations.  NICE bus will be involved in the transportation planning at the beginning of this process so the coordination needed for public transportation will not be an afterthought.

Vision is encouraged to see the HUB development lift off again with upcoming meetings planned in local communities. We have been longstanding supporters of redevelopment at the Nassau HUB but have been clear that the Town of Hempstead’s existing zoning district is designed to create an auto-oriented strip as opposed to a true walkable destination. Variances will be needed to change setbacks and street widths to create a true place that is worthy of many years of planning

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran has been working to move this stalled project forward and she was able to brief our Board of Directors last month on site progress. Vision served on the HUB Advisory Committee, which recommended a RFEI process that generated over 15 substantive responses for the area.

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