Hockey Hall of Famer Pat LaFontaine is partnering with the builders of a proposed $1 billion arena and conference heart challenge in Ronkonkoma.
The former New York Islanders heart is tasked with securing an American Hockey League team as the anchor tenant for the project’s 7,500-seat arena.
In addition, LaFontaine will also seem to appeal to a women’s professional hockey team, women’s and men’s soccer teams, and an enlargement soccer team in the newly fashioned USL League One particular to the proposed growth, according to a statement from JLL, the grasp developer for the program identified as the Ronkonkoma Vision Task.
The $1-billion-furthermore growth, planned for 86 acres of municipal assets found amongst MacArthur Airport and the Ronkonkoma Very long Island Rail Street station, is envisioned to consist of a 7,500-seat indoor arena for hockey, lacrosse and amusement a 6,000-seat outdoor soccer/lacrosse stadium 3 outdoor local community observe fields a conference heart a 300-important conference lodge retail room and place of work room to house health care and investigate institutions.
The Suffolk County Legislature voted in June to approve a memorandum of agreement for redeveloping the website, now generally utilised for commuter parking. The county, with enter from the City of Islip, experienced issued a ask for for qualifications in Oct. 2017 for redeveloping the assets. Suffolk regarded as other proposals that included amongst 1,200 and 1,900 models of multifamily residences, place of work room, a lodge and meeting heart, and a 2 million-square-foot industrial park, but opted for the arena/conference heart program in its place.
LaFontaine will continue to serve as a expert with the National Hockey League as he helps the Ronkonkoma growth team to create a complementary youth athletics component for the challenge, such as faculty and youth hockey, lacrosse, and academy soccer and youth tournaments.
“This challenge will create a central gathering stage for youth and families all through the Island,” LaFontaine said in the statement. “It will be a recreation changer for Very long Island athletics, serving local community youth each individual day of the calendar year.”
Invoice Daly, deputy commissioner for the NHL, called LaFontaine “a tireless advocate for hockey” and youth athletics.
“We know that Pat’s new part with the Ronkonkoma Vision Task will not only reward the sport of hockey, but will also create incredible possibilities for Very long Island youth,” Daly said in the statement.
Derek Trulson, vice chairman with JLL, said LaFontaine provides “extensive contacts and deep knowledge in hockey and youth sports” to the project’s growth team.
“Pat will assistance us carry our eyesight to everyday living, positioning the challenge as a athletics, amusement, conference and place of work vacation spot for Suffolk County and beyond,” Trulson said.
JLL proceeds to finalize the particulars of the Ronkonkoma Vision Task growth with partners Cameron Engineering & Associates and Crawford Architects. The growth team options to submit its ultimate challenge proposal to Suffolk County by the conclude of May well.
The Ronkonkoma growth website incorporates about 40 acres of county-owned parking whole lot at present leased to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, a 6-acre city-owned parcel just east of the parking whole lot and a 40-acre Islip-owned compost website south of Railroad Avenue.
Redevelopment of the assets has been supported by the Ronkonkoma Civic Association which performed a visioning of the website with the Regional Plan Association that began in 2016. The redevelopment on the south aspect of the LIRR station is aimed at complementing the ongoing Ronkonkoma Hub challenge, where Tritec Genuine Estate is bringing 1,450 household models, 195,000 square feet of retail room and 360,000 square feet of place of work and business room to about 50 acres on the north aspect of the teach station.