Mineola (WALK) - The plan to redevelop the Nassau Coliseum and turn the entire Nassau hub area into a huge entertainment complex goes before the County Legislature today.
The project will be voted on by lawmakers after being selected by County Executive Ed Mangano and cleared unanimously by key legislative committees a few weeks ago. If it passes, as many expect, the project will have cleared a key hurdle.
There are other hurdles ahead, however. Developer Bruce Ratner's $229 million project still needs to line up private financing and secure zoning approvals. In addition, they must find a minor league hockey team to replace the Islanders, who are moving to the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn.
The plan calls for the 41-year-old Coliseum to be renovated and downsized, and to create a destination venue in the heart of Nassau County. It would include restaurants, an ice rink, retail shops, a bowling alley, a movie theatre and more.
Ratner's company built and operates Brooklyn's Barclays Center, which celebrates its first anniversary this month and has been wildly successful so far.