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Islanders And NYC FC Present Dueling Plans For Belmont Development

Julie Jacobson, left photo, and Michael Dwyer, right photo
A Toronto FC midfielder takes a shot against a New York City FC midfielder at an MLS soccer game in July. The Boston Bruins play the New York Islanders at an NHL hocker game in Boston in December.

The two proposals for the redevelopment at Belmont Racetrack on Long Island were unveiled at a public hearing over the weekend.

Both the New York Islanders and New York City FC, a soccer club partially owned by the New York Yankees, have put in bids to develop the parts of the site.

The Islanders would like to build an 18,000-seat year-round arena, along with a 250-room hotel and what it calls an “innovation center.”

NYC FC has proposed a 26,000-seat soccer arena, and 400,000-square feet of retail.

Neither proposal included a price tag.

The Islanders say they want to move to Belmont from the Barclay’s Center. NYC FC is looking for a site in the five boroughs. The Belmont site is literally on the Queens/Nassau border.

The Empire State Development Corporation has not indicated when it will decide on the winner.

Terry Sheridan is a Peabody-nominated, award-winning journalist. As Senior Director of News and Education, he developed a unique and award-winning internship program with the Stony Brook University School of Communications and Journalism, where he is also a lecturer and adjunct professor. He also mentors graduate fellows from the Sacred Heart University Graduate School of Communication, Media and the Arts.