Today, the New York Islanders arena at Belmont Park took one step closer to becoming reality after not only securing a full-time LIRR station at Belmont but having the environmental impact statement certified.
Get the shovels in the ground! The New York Islanders arena at Belmont Park took a big step forward on Monday. Not only did Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that a full-time LIRR station will be built at Belmont, but New York state also certified the environmental impact statement.
The new full-time station (the first one in 50 years) will cost $150 million to build. The arena developers will cover 92 percent of the cost ($97 million) while the state of New York will kick in another $8 million.
Having a year-long LIRR station was a major hurdle for the project. The community bordering the Belmont grounds had serious questions about the amount of traffic that would spill out onto their streets after every Islanders home game.
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But now with a full-time station, fans on four of the LIRR’s branches (Hempstead, Oyster Bay, Port Jefferson, and Ronkonkoma) will be able to take the train in and out of the game without transferring.
That’s a huge win. Fans coming from the east would have had to head all the way west to Jamaica, going past Belmont, only to switch branches to head back east.
Along with the news that Belmont will be getting a full-time station as part of the Belmont redevelopment project, the State has approved the environmental assessment for Belmont Park.
Approving the environmental assessment was the last major hurdle facing the project before construction can begin.
The timeline to construction still seems on track if you ask Islanders co-owner John Ledecky. Hopefully, it stays that way. Splitting games between the Barclays Center and the Nassau Coliseum can only be a stopgap solution for so long.