The grandest of the five plans calls for construction of a 400,000-square-foot convention center as part of Mayor Bloomberg's proposed megadevelopment for Willets Point. The City Council will cast a make-or-break vote on the controversial plan later this month.
Aqueduct race track also could be home to a 60,000-square-foot conference center and a 3,000-seat event center, according to Delaware North Cos. of Buffalo, which will spend $370 million to build a Las Vegas-style video slot machine parlor at the down-at-the-heels track.
Queens convention centers in works
The project that is the closest to becoming reality is the New York Mets' new ballpark, Citi Field, which will open next spring and feature more than 60,000 square feet of "hospitality space."
Silvercup Studios in Long Island City wants to build 40,000 square feet of conference space as part of its planned expansion.
Meanwhile, the Greater Jamaica Development Corp. says it is in talks with multiple developers to build 30,000 square feet of conference space at two hotels in the so-called "Airport Village" planned for downtown Jamaica.
With so much conference space planned for Queens, a question arises: How much is too much?