Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Queens working on 5 convention centers

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?


Anonymous said...

OK, I read the article twice, beginning to end. Now, can someone explain to me why Queens, or New York City for that matter, needs five new convention centers??

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Anonymous said...

It one big cluster F**K

If you can't expand the Javits Center to a size that attracts the largest conventions - what will building a bunch of tiny meeting space do that Javits is not doing now? It all about Pols and friend building stuff that make no sense. Look at Atlantic yards - the grand give-away and premier E-Domain site - Rattner wants more subsidy! For what to get richer on us! Unless it is fully funded privately we should not build it or E-domain any property. Now that we will all fall under the re-distribute the wealth formular - look at for these POLS knocking at your door to take what yours to give to someone else. Fight for your property - don't let Billioniares take away from you! No so called Robin Hoods will dare be at my door.