Developers of the Ronkonkoma Vision Project, which includes a proposed arena, have received a three-month extension to submit detailed plans to Suffolk County, NY officials.
In March, Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) released its latest concept for the Ronkonkoma Vision Project–a proposed development on a 40-acre parcel between MacArthur Airport and the Ronkonkoma Long Island Rail Road station. Those plans called for a 7,500-seat arena that could accommodate a minor-league hockey team in the AHL, along with a 6,000-seat outdoor stadium, surrounding fields, office space, a convention center, hotel, and retail.
Developers have been working to draft more detailed plans, and subsequently turn them over to Suffolk Couny. Initially, JLL was to submit those plans to the county this month, but has received a three-month extension that effectively pushes the deadline to November. More from Newsday:
The developers, led by Chicago-based Jones Lang LaSalle, were slated to hand over their detailed plans to the county this month following an eight-month window in which they were studying the feasibility of their originally proposed plans.
The group instead came back and asked for additional time “to secure letters of commitment and interest from the various potential tenants on the site,” according to John Cameron of Woodbury-based Cameron Engineering & Associates.
Jason Elan, spokesman for Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, said, “The developers requested an extension and the County granted an additional three months.”…
In a statement this week, Cameron said, “The project is a multi-faceted mixed use transit-oriented economic development project that is encompassing a regional convention and event center, medical research focused on veterans and athletes, commercial office, professional and youth sports programs, community entertainment, etc.”
There are multiple steps remaining in the planning process. After detailed plans are submitted, project and county officials will have six months to come up with a master developer agreement, with the plans to then be considered by the Suffolk Legislature.
Rendering courtesy JLL.
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