Town Clears Way for Development for Memorial Sloan Kettering
Supervisor Anthony J. Santino, Deputy Supervisor Edward Ambrosino, Councilman Bruce Blakeman, Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby and the Hempstead Town Board have approved two measures, clearing the last significant obstacles to the construction of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Regional Center Project on the property surrounding the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. In specific, the Board approved the site plan for the planned out-patient treatment and cancer research facility, as well as an associated environmental review.
“The Town Board’s commitment to progressive growth was demonstrated through approvals associated with the development of a world-class cancer treatment and research facility at Nassau’s HUB,” stated Santino. “This medical facility will be a welcomed addition to Hempstead Town. I am proud of the work that town officials did in reviewing this proposal and moving it along in an expeditious manner.”
The 140,000 square-foot medical building will be located on the southwest portion of the Coliseum property. The development will also include a 452-space, 133,940 square-foot parking garage.
"Memorial Sloan Kettering has now found a home in the Town of Hempstead. I couldn't be more proud. This facility will not only service patients, but is a real difference in the lives of families," said Councilman Ambrosino.
“This project will address areas of genuine medical need in our area, and also support good jobs for our residents,” said Goosby. “I am happy to see this progressive project more forward.”
The site plan offered by Sloan Kettering for the Board’s consideration detail the general footprint of planned development and the orientation of structures in relation to the overall site. Additional details on height are also included. More specific architectural detail and construction plans will be presented to the town’s Building Department as the construction phase approaches.
The associated environmental review ensures compliance of the project with the state’s Environmental Quality Review Act. The review considers air quality, traffic impacts, noise and water quality, among other factors.
Town officials called the Sloan Kettering project consistent with the town’s vision for development at the area surrounding the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Santino and Goosby noted that a major medical school is immediately adjacent to the site and several nursing and associated educational facilities are in the vicinity.
“This project is a ‘great fit’ for the area,” said Santino. “They will be great neighbors, and I look forward to ‘cutting the ribbon’ to open the new facility.”
The Town Board created a unique building construction zone for the area surround the Coliseum after a previous development proposal stalled. The town created zone is progressive and accommodates development uses such as the Coliseum, hotels, a convention center, health and technology facilities, business offices and educational institutions, among other uses. The Mitchel Field Mixed Use (MFM) District was originally adopted in June of 2011. The zone established a framework for developers, detailing the types of construction that prospective developers could build at the site. In May 2015, the Town Board approved a Conceptual Master Plan for the MFM District.